- Amid the warning strike, the federal government and ASUU have reached an agreement
- Both parties came to this agreement when the union met with the minister of labour Chris Ngige
- ASUU had embarked on a warning strike on Monday, March 9, after a disagreement with the federal government over some issues
Amid the ongoing warning strike embarked upon by ASUU, the union on Tuesday, March 17, said it has reached a concrete agreement with the federal government.
This was disclosed by ASUU president Biodun Ogunyemi after a closed-door reconciliatory meeting at the Ministry of Labour and Employment in Abuja. According to Daily Nigerian, Ogunyemi spoke to reporters after the meeting ended at about 11 p.m on Tuesday.
The ASUU president speaking on the outcome of the meeting said they had some fruitful discussions. He went on to note that the last time discussions were held there was an improvement.
He added that now they have concrete proposals to take back to ASUU members and will get back to the government.
“We want to assure all Nigerians that we are concern 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.”
Chris Ngige, the minister of labour and employment, on his part, explained fruitful deliberations on contentious issues, especially the issue of IPPIS was discussed among both parties.
The minister noted that on the issue of IPPIS, options and solutions were advanced.
Legit.ng previously reported that the federal government declared the two-week warning strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities illegal.
Ngige, made the declaration on Wednesday, March 11, after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting.
Ngige said he was shocked by the strike action, claiming that the union did not give the government the mandatory strike notice.
Barely a month ago, it was reported that the disagreement between the ASUU had taken a new dimension as the union said it had commenced national mobilisation for strike action against the federal government.
The union had said the move was as a result of the failed implementation of an agreement it reached with the union by the federal government. This was disclosed by the chairman of ASUU, University of Ibadan chapter, Professor Deji Omole.
He lamented that successive governments in Nigeria have positioned themselves to make Nigeria retrogressive. Going further, the association alleged that the federal government is a serial defaulter and bad example for Nigerian youths.
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