STRIKE: ASUU still consulting, may meet FG this week
The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, has said the leadership of the union is still consulting its members on the Federal Government’s offer.
He said the outcome of the consultations would determine what ASUU would be presenting to the government’s team during their next meeting within the week.
According to him, the union leader was responding to enquiries about ongoing negotiations with the Federal Government and the possibility of ASUU calling off its three-month-old strike.
He said, “All I can say for now is that we’re still consulting on the latest offer by the government. We hope to get back to them in the coming week.”
He, however, said the government had yet to show enough commitment to warrant calling off the strike.
Ogunyemi also said the leadership of ASUU had done enough to lower its demands from the Federal Government.
He was however hopeful that a resolution would be reached when ASUU and the FG would be meeting during the week.
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According to him, while progress had been made in two areas of discussion, the government had yet to convince ASUU that it is ready to deal with the issue of the infrastructure revitalisation fund of N220bn.
He said, “Progress has been made on the issue of earned allowance but we need to meet our members on how the FG wants to pay the balance. We have agreed on the FG’s proposal to pay in instalments but we have to also agree on how much will be paid per instalment.
Recall that ASUU is insisting that until the Federal Government accedes to its demands as highlighted in the 2009 agreement, university lecturers will not return to the classroom.