The Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are meeting this evening to (hopefully) finalise an agreement that could lead to the union calling off its five-week old strike.
The lecturers downed tools on August 13 to protest the non-implementation of 2013 Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, as well as the 2009 agreement they entered into with the FG.
High hopes: The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, is hopeful that the two parties will reach an agreement today. Progress was made at the last meeting on Friday but ASUU chairman, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, insists that there are some gray areas which need to be cleared before the strike can be called off.
What ASUU has so far:
- The FG delegation has promised to provide funds in September and October to back earlier agreements and show good faith.
- The FG has proposed a seven-man committee with the union to work out a framework for the implementation of the 2009 agreement.
- The FG says payments of lecturers’ earned allowances have begun.
- The FG has proposed framework for registration of a universities’ pension management company.
ASUU has said that what it needs now from the FG is sincerity and commitment. The FG says the Buhari government is sincere and committed. According to Ngige, even if ASUU has gone into other negotiations without implementation, “this is a different government. That is why we put timeline in all agreements reached.”
And all Nigerian students say AMEN!!!