ASUU reach partial agreement with the Federal Government - Ngige

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reached a partial agreement with the Federal Government, according to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.

The honourable minister made the announcement on Monday at the reconciliation meeting in Abuja aimed at finding ways of resolving the strike which commenced on November 5.

He said, "we have finished our
deliberation for today. I am happy to report that we touched some areas of understanding in implementation from the Memorandum of Action which we agreed to in 2017.

"Some of these areas we have substantial compliance and some other areas have not been fully dealt with.

"Like the issue of shortfall in salaries of some Federal Universities' workers and lecturers,  ASUU has given a list to the Accountant-General's Office and we have agreed that by Wednesday that list should be cross-checked by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Auditing.

"So, the Accountant-General's Office is to get back to us by Wednesday.

"We also have the issue of earned allowances, revitalisation, these are issues of 2009 agreement and partial implementation and we have agreed on the modus operandi to look into the fund situation, this is due to low revenue on the part of government. "

Ngige was noted that parts of issues discussed was ways to ensure state universities are properly funded and staffed. He added that the Minister of Education is taking steps to set up a committee which will engage with the Nigeria Governors' Forum.

The minister said he hoped with the agreement reached that the union would call off the strike in order for students to go back to school

Meanwhile, ASUU's National President Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, described discussions at the meeting as useful.

Ogunyemi said, "Our own understanding is that we heard promises made on the part of government, we shall await the report on all the issues, which they have made the promises.

"Only after that, we can get back to our members to take a decision".

The next meeting between both parties is scheduled for 4pm, December 17.



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