ASUU, FG resume re-negotiations on 2009 agreement

ASUU, FG resume re-negotiations on 2009 agreement

- The federal government and ASUU on Wednesday, March 27 began fresh re-negotiations on the 2009 agreement

- The fed govt said ASUU’s team presented more than 20 issues that were being looked into to ensure stability in the university system

- The academic union, however, declined comments at the end of the meeting

The federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have begun fresh re-negotiations on the 2009 agreement.

Dr Wale Babalakin, the chairman of the federal government’s re-negotiation team, who addressed newsmen in Abuja, on Wednesday, March 27 after a meeting that lasted six hours, said he was hopeful the meeting would yield positive results, NAN reports.

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Legit.ng gathers that Babalakin disclosed that the ASUU team had presented more than 20 issues that were being looked into to ensure stability in the university system.

He said that both sides were determined to put an end to the lingering problems in the system.

“We resumed our renegotiation today. The government team and ASUU were appropriately represented and we had positive discussions.

“We are actually hopeful that we are on a positive path to finalising the negotiation.

“There were very hectic discussions on topical issues and both sides had extensive contributions for the benefit of the university system.

“It is the same negotiation, we had interim discussion, that is over now and we are back to where we left off. So it is a continuous negotiation.

“ASUU submitted its timetable today and there are more than 20 issues in that timetable, it is not a single issue, but they will all be discussed,’’ Babalakin said.

The representative of ASUU, however, declined comments at the end of the meeting.

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Recall that Legit.ng previously reported that representatives of the federal government held a very crucial meeting with officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in an urgent move to resolve the industrial action previously embarked upon by lecturers in the country.

The federal government delegation, led by the labour and employment minister, Chris Ngige, was also scheduled to meet with the leadership of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), following a threat by the latter to commence mobilisation of workers and citizens ahead of a planned strike over issues relating to minimum wage.

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