This is the general public and students that the Federal Government had another meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday the 17th of December 2018 concerning the ongoing strike.
The university lecturers embarked on an indefinite strike on November 4, demanding improved funding of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government.
The National President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, led the union’s delegation to Monday’s meeting.The government delegation led by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, arrived at exactly 6:00 p.m.
According to the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, this is predicated on the FG’s consideration of some of ASUU’s demands, including the submission of the union’s list of outstanding payments, and the identification of some areas in the universities in need of revitalization as contained in the signed 2009 agreement. Addressing the ASUU delegation, Mr Ngige said he hopes a consensus on most of the issues is reached at the end of the meeting. He said and i quote
“We agreed that by Wednesday that the list will be checked to find out really whether those universities were actually paid and they have to be visited and paid the outstanding lecturers there. So, the Accountant General’s office is to come back to us.
“We have also the issue of Earned Academic Allowance and the issue of revitalization. These are issues of 2009 agreement. We will look into the consideration and we have identified one area of the fund for revitalization.
“The federal government organs will be contacted and we do expect that we will have some words for ASUU. Same goes for the earned allowances. We will make sure that the issue of the outstanding amounts is handled in a way that all parties will be properly accommodated,” he said.
He assured the union that attention will be paid to three critical demands, which are salary shortfall, university revitalization and earned allowances of lecturers.