FG, ASUU hold crucial meeting over unresolved agitations
Federal Government will today hold a crucial meeting with the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) with the view to end the 40-day old nationwide strike which paralyzed academic activities in all the University, across the country.
“With the aim of apprehending the ongoing strike embarked upon by the ASUU the honorable Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has scheduled a crucial conciliatory meeting with the President and Executive of ASUU, officials of the Federal Ministry of Education led by the Minister, Adamu Adamu and other stakeholders.
“The crucial meeting is scheduled to hold today, Monday, 18th September, 2017 at the Minister’s Conference room by 2.30pm,” the statement issued by Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment obtained by BusinessDay read.
The Union had on Friday held meeting with Ayuba Wabba, President Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in the bid to review the outcome of various meetings held with the Federal Government’s negotiation team in Abuja.
Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, also confirmed to BusinessDay that the National Executive Council of ASUU will brief the media on the outcome of their nationwide consultation with its affiliates across the country this evening.
Meanwhile, the National Executive Council of the three Non Academic Staff Unions of Federal and State Universities who embarked separate strike last week Monday are expected to convey their resolutions to Federal Government during the last negotiation.
The meeting held with the Government’s negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Productivity last week Thursday was inconclusive, as the Joint Action Committee led by Samson Ugwoke, who doubles as President, Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Union (SSANU).
Ngige had during the last meeting disclosed that Federal Government had approved the payment of N23 billion for Earned Allowances for Academic and Non Academic Staff of Federal Government.
The affected unions namely: Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU); Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
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