Wednesday, 18 March 2020

ASUU Strike: ASUU, FG reach ‘concrete proposals’

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it has reached concrete proposals with the Federal Government on

the ongoing warning strike embarked upon by the union.

Mr Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, said this in Abuja while addressing newsmen at the end of a closed door reconciliatory meeting at the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The meeting, which began by 3 p.m, ended about 11 p.m on Tuesday.

It would be recalled that ASUU began the warning strike on March 9, 2020 after disagreement with the Federal Government over issues of revitalization of universities, earned academic allowance.

Others are visitation panel, mainstreaming and most importantly Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) always and other issues relating to university funding.

Ogunyemi said that no pronouncement would be made until after presenting the new government proposals to members of the union.

According to Ogunyemi, “we had some fruitful discussions, we have improved on where we were last time, we have what we can call concrete proposals and we have what we can take back to our members. “But as we usually say, those of us here cannot give the final pronouncements on any of the proposals and we have assured the government that we will report faithfully to our principals and get back to government accordingly. “We want to assure all Nigerians that we are concerned on going back to our work like every other person, because we know that is where we find happiness, we are not happy outside our classrooms, our laboratories and our libraries. ” So, in view of this, we will do our best to ensure that all concerns have the maximum benefits from this action because it is of national interest. “If academics do not defend the universities, who will defend the academics?” he asked.

Also speaking, Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, said both parties had fruitful deliberations on contentious issues, especially the issue of IPPIS.

He said, “The meeting was longer than anticipated because we had to look at all the issues that were in our 2019 Memorandum of Actions.

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