- The federal government and ASUU have agreed to periodically review how agreements reached are being implemented
- Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU president, made this known on Friday, March 26, in Abuja
- Ogunyemi said the union was satisfied with the resolution after a meeting with the representatives of the Nigerian government
The federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have resolved to carry out a regular review of the progress made in the execution of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) reached by both parties.
This Day reports that the president of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made the disclosure while addressing newsmen at the end of a meeting between the leadership of the union and the federal government on Friday, March 26, in Abuja.
Legit.ng gathered that Ogunyemi said that the meeting was fruitful and that progress had been made.
Daily Nigerian also reports that Ogunyemi said the union was satisfied with the periodic review of the agreement so as to prevent tension and resort to further industrial action.
“Put together, we want to agree that we had fruitful discussions and we have strong hopes that there will be a fruitful and harmonious relationship in achieving the provisions of the MoA of 2020.
“We want to agree that it is a departure from the past because, now, we have agreed on intermittent or periodic review of the MoA so that areas that will create tension will be apprehended before matters degenerate."
The minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, who led the government team, said that both parties discussed every item on the MOA and had reached agreements.
He stated that on the issue of the N30 billion revitalisation fund, the government and the ASUU have looked at the payment and how to streamline the outstanding one into the national budget or into a special system fund.
“Also, with regards to the Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), the federal government has paid N40 billion to all the unions while the National Universities Commission (NUC) provided a formula, which was used for sharing it to all the university workers."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that ASUU refuted the claim that it may embark on another industrial action.
It was reported that Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU president on Sunday, March 21, explained that the union has not issued a notice for any industrial action for now.
He said he wasn't aware of any plan to embark on a fresh strike. He also stressed that ASUU has been in talks with the federal government concerning outstanding issues arising from the last strike.