Asuu-FG Negotiations Ends in Deadlock as Strike Continues

Asuu strike update, earlier yesterday negotiation meeting between the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (Asuu) and the Federal Government Representatives over it’s prolonged strike action has again ended without an agreement.

According to the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (Asuu), Professor Emmanuel Osodeke said that the meeting was held to mainly discuss on one of the Seven issues that Asuu is protesting over

That is specifically the issue of renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.

According to Osodeke, it is not just about wages. It has to do with the system, funding, the structure, the autonomy and other issues regarding on how to fund the universities.

The striking lecturers had met with, Professor Nimi Briggs, Committee yesterday 16th August, 2022 at the National University Commission in Abuja with high hopes of resolving the impasse

A senior member of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), who craved anonymity told Channels Television that members of the Briggs renegotiation committee did not come with any new offer on the table.

Instead, the Asuu source said that, the committee plead with the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, with promises that their concerns will be included in the 2023 financial budget.

According to the source, the negotiation meeting, which started about 12pm, yesterday lasted for about three hours without any agreement reached.

This means that the already six-months old strike by public university lecturers is set to continue

Academic Staff Union of Universities Demands

It can be recalled that the Academic staff Union of Universities (Asuu) embarked on a four-week warning strike on February 14.

Remember, On March 14, the union extended the industrial action by another two months to allow the government meet all of its demands.

After which a 12-week extension was announced on May 9.

Since May 9, the union has remained on strike, vowing to persist until its demands are met by the federal government.

Asuu strike update, among what the academic union are seeking for include; improved welfare, revitalization of public universities and academic autonomy among other demands

One main bone of contention for the academics is the non-payment of university revitalization funds, which amounts to about N1.1 trillion.

But the Federal Government has said it doesn’t have the money to pay such an amount, citing low oil prices during these Muhammadu Buhari administrations

The agreement was struck in 2009. Another problem that needs be revolved is the issue of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information System(IPPIS)

The academic union have proposed an alternative payroll system, the university Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to the government

The union has decided that until Federal Government is ready to meet their demands that strike action will continue nation wide.

Let’s hear your opinion concerning this whole Asuu-FG negotiation meetings.

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