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Ongoing Talks Between ASUU and FG Fruitful but Strike Continues

In a bid to end the ongoing strike in the Nigerian universities, the ongoing talks between Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal Government have been said to be fruitful according to Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment.

Both parties have agreed to hold another meeting next week which means the ongoing strike in the universities will continue at least till it holds next week.

The meeting was called at the instance of the minister.

“We will resume discussions by next week,’’ Ngige said.

Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, also confirmed that the meeting would continue next week.

“We have just started the discussion, we have really not gone too far, so what we have done today was to open the issues. By tomorrow we should meet and decide when we reschedule the meeting.

“This means that the strike still continues,” Ogunyemi said.

The lecturers resumed strike on Nov. 5 over demands for improved funding of public universities based on agreements reached with the Federal Government in 2009.

Some of the demands by the union are that the Federal Government should nominate another chairman of the government renegotiating team of the 2009 ASUU/Federal Government Agreement to replace Dr Wale Babalakin.

Other issues bothering the union are non-payment of Earned allowance, funding of revitalization of the Nigerian universities, implementation of needs assessment report, poor funding of state universities, among others.

Those present at Thursday’s meeting were the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Mr Sonny Echonu, and Dr Isa Fagge, former ASUU President.

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