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The outcome of ASUU meeting with FG

The meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Federal government representatives on Tuesday ended in deadlock, according to verified reports from reliable sources. Many students and guardians were eager to know the outcome of the ASUU meeting with FG.

The outcome of ASUU meeting with FG

Prior to the meeting, the president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Emmanuel Osedeke said the meeting was to discuss one of the seven issues that prompted the union to embark on the industrial action which is the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.

It was reported that the striking lecturers met with Professor Nimi Briggs’ Committee on Tuesday at the National University Commission, Abuja.

Many students and guardians had a high hope that the strike would be called off at the meeting after ASUU president earlier hinted that the federal government has accepted the UTAS as a payment platform for University workers.

But according to reports from reliable sources, the meeting ended in deadlock as ASUU representatives said the Briggs renegotiation committee did not come up with any new thing to the table.

The president of ASUU, Prof Osedeke is yet to make formal statement on the latest development.

According to reports from Channels Television, the Nigerian government only pleaded with the University lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike. They promised to include ASUU’s demands in the 2023 budget.

Even the federal government delegates have not updated Nigerians on the outcome of the meeting held on Tuesday. This means the strike will continue until the FG fulfills ASUU’s demands.

This outcome of ASUU meeting with FG shows the government is not yet ready to return students back to school.

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It is now six months since ASUU embarked on the industrial action which started on February 14, 2022.

ASUU demands

One of the major issues that have prolonged the strike and blocked the negotiation between government delegates and ASUU is the payment platform. ASUU insisted the government must pay her members their salaries with UTAS.

The ASUU president had earlier said the  National Information and Technology Development Agency (NITDA) which was supposed to conduct an integrity test on the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) abandoned it even after the payment platform was upgraded by the union.

Reacting to this, the Minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige said ASUU is trying to prolong the strike by making negotiation impossible.

He explained the union insisted on UTAS even after NITDA said the payment system failed the integrity test and people can commit fraud on the platform that would lead to a huge loss of money.

What has the Nigerian government done to end the strike?

The minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, and the minister of Labour and Productivity, Chris Ngige, have held several meetings with the striking lecturers to find a lasting solution to the lingering issue.

After several closed-door meetings with the union ended in deadlocks, they set up the Briggs Committee with a clear mandate to renegotiate the 2009 agreement.

They also set up another committee that would look into the payment system (UTAS) to ensure it meets the NITDA integrity test.

The minister of Labour and Productivity, Dr. Chris Ngige at the last meeting with the leadership of ASUU said they have resolved the issue of earned academic allowance. He said what remained was to reconcile the payment they made to the university system in batches.

Then after that, the minister of finance would find a way to pay off the remaining money even though the federal government does not have money.

Ngige also asked the Nigerian Labour Congress to persuade ASUU to call off the strike as they didn’t give adequate notice before embarking on the strike which is against the Trade Dispute Acts

By Olumide Sekunowo

Content Author for @study4naija

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