FG to meet with ASUU Thursday

FG to meet with ASUU Thursday
September 06 08:47 2017

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, will on Thursday meet with Federal Government representatives in continuation of talks meant to end the ongoing industrial action.

The university teachers had gone on strike on August 13 to pressure the federal government to fulfill the 2009 agreement.

The lecturers failed to show up for a meeting with the government delegation last week, saying such meeting was “unnecessary.”

The government delegation will be led by the ministers in charge of labour & employment, and education, Chris Ngige and Adamu Adamu respectively.

President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, who confirmed the meeting, said: “We just received the notification of the meeting. Until Thursday, that is when we can say what would happen but we have been invited for the meeting.”

A National Executive Council meeting of ASUU held last week had reviewed the government’s initial offer to some of the demands of the lecturers.

At that meeting, the lecturers resolved to proceed with the strike because they didn’t trust government.

The federal government had reportedly offered to pay N23 billion and a monthly payment of N1.5 billion, pending the outcome of the forensic audit being carried out by the Ministry of Finance on various universities.