Government’s Proposal: FG, ASUU in Talks To Suspend Strike

Government’s Proposal: FG, ASUU in Talks To Suspend Strike

  • The ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities strike may end soon as the leadership of the union met with Chris Ngige, labour minister, earlier
  • Following this development, the academic union has decided to take the details of the meetings to its members
  • With the recent government's proposal, it might however lead to a possible resolution between the union and concerned stakeholders

There is a possible indication that the one-month warning strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may soon be called off.

This is so as the leadership of the academic union held a long-hour closed-door meeting with the Nigerian government, and disclosed its team would report to the members on the government’s proposals and later revert to the government.

But the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, said both parties agreed on a lot of things, and that ASUU was expected to talk to its members, show them the proposal that has been offered by the government so that they can call off the strike, Premium Times reported.

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Government’s Proposal: FG, ASUU in Talks To Suspend Strike
The government is seeking ways to end the industrial action. Photo credit: ICIR
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Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) and revitalisation fund for universities were the two items on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting.

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Timelines set

Ngige said although most of ASUU’s demands are being attended to, the remaining areas are also being addressed, The Punch added.

He said:

“Like I told you the last time, a lot of the items have been dealt with extensively and some of them are work in progress."

ASUU declares strike

Meanwhile, previously reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities declared a warning strike. The body said the strike will last for one month.

This decision by ASUU's National Executive Council (NEC) came after a deadlocked meeting with delegates of the Ministry of Labour and Employment that ran into the early hours of Monday, February 14.

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ASUU is bitter and angry that the federal government of Nigeria has failed to honour agreements reached with the body.

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Earlier, the professorship of Isa Ali Pantami, the minister of communications and digital economy, has been referred to as illegality.

The ASUU had on Monday, February 14, rejected Pantami's promotion by FUTO.

ASUU also vowed to sanction the VC of the university and its members involved in the minister's promotion.


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