The 43 days old ASUU strike which was embarked by the Academic Staff Union of University on the 5th of November, 2018 for the non implementation of the FG agreement with ASUU may be called of soon due to the recorded success in the latest meeting held on the 7th of January 2019 between the ASUU and FG delegates.
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UPDATE ON 2018 ASUU STRIKE
Last week, the Federal Government and ASUU reached a partial agreement after the union leadership met the minister last Monday evening.
The Federal Government has reached an agreement with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Addressing journalists on Monday evening after the meeting with the striking lecturers in Abuja, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said the majority of their demands have been met including the release of N15.4 billion for payment of salary shortfalls.
According to him, the Federal Government is also in the process of releasing another N20 billion for payment of earned allowances for university lecturers.
Meanwhile, the ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said the National Executive Committee of the union will review their decisions based on the new commitment by the government.
According to him, it is only after that meeting of the ASUU leadership that the union will announce its position on the ongoing strike action.
Its been over two months since the union went on strike following the alleged inability of the government to respond to its demands.
Recall during a previous meeting between FG and ASUU that FG representative, Chris Ngige earlier said:
Ngige said the ”meeting touched on some areas of misunderstanding in the implementation of the Memorandum of Action signed in 2017.”
He said, “Some of these areas, we have substantial compliance and some other areas have not been fully dealt with like the issue of shortfall in salaries of some federal universities’ workers and lecturers.
“ASUU has given a list to the Accountant General’s Office and we have agreed that by Wednesday, that list should be cross-checked by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Auditing.”
ASUU had claimed that the ASUU strike was informed by the poor funding of the nation’s universities and staff remuneration that led to the union’s ongoing ASUU strike, which began on November 5.
The Director of Press at the minister’s office, Samuel Olowookere, who made this known to our correspondent in Abuja on Friday, said negotiation for solutions to the issues tabled by ASUU was an ongoing issue.
“Labour minister is again meeting with ASUU on Monday by 4pm. You may wish to attend,” he said in a text message without elaborating.
Olowookere however refused to give the details of the partial agreement said to have been reached by both parties in their last meeting.
This is will be the sixth meeting between the Federal government and the union since ASUU strike started, as all previous meetings ended without concrete resolutions to the problem.
The union announced the strike on Sunday, November 4, 2018, after their National Executive Council meeting held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State.
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