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Strike: FG, ASUU Hold Another Emergency Meeting Today

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The Federal Government (FG) is expected to hold another emergency meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday (today) in a bid to end  the ongoing strike in  public universities.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige in the previous meeting with ASUU.

 

 

The last meeting between the two parties took place on November 15. Despite the meeting lasting  for six hours, the strike was not called off because no agreement was reached.

It was learnt from the source on Sunday that today’s meeting would again focus on  the issues in the 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoA), which the union claimed  the Federal  Government had neglected.

Public universities lecturers began their   strike on November 5, saying the Federal Government had failed to implement the  key areas of focus contained in the MoA.

From a copy of the FG/ASUU 2017 agreement obtained by our correspondent, the issues still under contention are the  funding of public universities, earned academic allowances, salary shortfalls and pension matters.

The President of  ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview with Punch on Sunday confirmed  the union’s meeting with the Federal Government would take place on Monday.

Ogunyemi said, “There is supposed to be a meeting tomorrow evening (Monday). It all depends on the way government approaches it. If they invite us further, we will go. It also depends on what they put on the table. We met them briefly  and we agreed to meet on Monday (today).

“We met with the Minster of Education (Adamu Adamu) on Thursday and it was a short meeting. We have given them our terms. I am not representing myself but those who have given us  a clear mandate and we shall abide by the terms.”

The   Federal Government’s delegation led by the  Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige,  in their meeting with  ASUU leaders  on   November 15  appealed  to the union to consider  the interest of the students and end the strike.

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