Government, ASUU reach agreement

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The Nigerian government has reached an agreement with striking university lecturers, raising the possibility of ending the teachers’ prolonged industrial action.

The national president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), Biodun Ogunyemi, said the National Executive Committee of the union will review its decisions based on the new commitment by the federal government.

He said the strike could only be called off after the NEC meeting. He did not say when the meeting will hold.

“We have had an extensive session, looking at all the issues,” he said.

According to him, there are issues that will require further consultations before the union can suspend its strike.

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”In view of this, government has promised to reach us as soon as possible with a written proposal on those areas we need further consultations. And when we receive that, we shall treat accordingly and get back to the appropriate quarters,” he said.

The lecturers have been on strike since November 4, 2018, to demand improved funding of universities and implementation of previous agreements with the government.

After the Monday meeting, the labour minister, Chris Ngige, said an agreement had been reached.

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According to him, the accountant general and the ministry of finance have confirmed with evidence that N15.4 billion had been released to public universities.

On earned allowances, Mr Ngige said President Buhari has approved N20 billion to be used to offset the outstanding arrears of the 2009 to 2012 verified earnings in the universities.

He said the earned allowances will be released to ASUU as soon as the process is completed.

 

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