Hope of a resolution between members of ASUU and the President Buhari led Federal Government on the ongoing industrial action embarked upon by the University lecturers seem to be near as both parties reached an agreement on Monday.
The Federal Government has finally reached an agreement with leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, disclosed this to reporters on Monday in Abuja shortly after a meeting with the striking lecturers. This signals hope of resumption for students of various universities under ASUU following a strike which has been ongoing for over two months.
However, the union has yet to make a decision whether or not it is calling off the strike for academic activities to resume in the schools. Senator Ngige told reporters after the meeting that the government has met a majority of the demands by ASUU, including the release of N15.4 billion for payment of salary shortfalls. According to him, the government is also in the process of releasing another N20 billion naira for payment of earned allowances for university lecturers.
The National President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, also confirmed to reporters that an agreement was reached with the government at the meeting. But he noted that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of ASUU would review their decisions based on the new commitment by the government. Professor Ogunyemi insisted that it was only after the meeting of the union’s leadership that ASUU would announce its position on the ongoing industrial action.
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