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ASUU Strike Continues As Meeting With FG Ends In Deadlock

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ASUU Strike Continues As Meeting With FG Ends In Deadlock by : 10:25 am On November 16, 2018

ASUU Strike continues as the meeting with the Federal Government fails to  yield a positive result.

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According to Thisdaylive.com, “The five- hour meeting held Thursday between Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities, ASUU, and the Federal Government with a view to ending the 12-day old strike embarked upon by public university lecturers ended in deadlock”.

Saharareporters  says  “The five-hour meeting held Thursday between the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), and the federal government with a view to ending the 12-day old strike embarked upon by public university lecturers ended in a deadlock.”

 

“Indications show that the ASUU strike action embarked upon by the Aacademic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will still continue for a while as the meeting, held yesterday, with the Federal Government ended in a deadlock. No compromise or decision was reached after the meeting to end the ASUU Strike, which began 3 p.m and ended 8:15 p.m on Tuesday. The meeting will continue next week.”

 

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, however stated that government’s discussion with ASUU will continue next week. According to Ngige the delay in calling ASUU for a discussion was caused by the mimimum wage negotiation.

 

According to Punchng,  the closed-door meeting looked at the seven points in the Memorandum of Action signed in September 2017, and the two parties reviewed the highlights of the agreement.

 

 

“The ASUU delegation was led by its National President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, while the government side had the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sonny Echono; and the Accountant-General of the Federation, Ahmed Idris.”

 

The labour minister, during a brief session with newsmen before the closed-door meeting, apologised that “talks with the academic union are coming a bit late because we have been having negotiations on the new minimum wage.”

 

He appealed to ASUU to put the interest of students, who are at the receiving end into consideration.

 

ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi on the other hand said the union have tendered its request at the meeting and also confirmed that the ASUU Strike meeting has been adjourned till next week.

 

According to him, no date has been fixed but “we will communicate the date to you tomorrow,” he told newsmen.

 

He said the union was forced to embark on the strike after its plea for the implementation of the 2009 agreement fell on deaf ears.

 

Mr Ogunyemi earlier said the government had promised to take action on issues raised in the last MOU signed by the two parties but “it does appears that federal government is dribbling the union.”

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