The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities are expected to hold an emergency meeting today.
The last meeting with the union on November 15th came to an impeaching end following six hours of various agitations and deliberations. According to the Punch Newspaper it was gathered that today’s meeting would again focus on the issues in the 2017 Memorandum of Action, which the union claimed the Federal Government had neglected.
From a copy of the FG/ASUU 2017 agreement obtained by the Punch correspondence, the issues still under contention are the funding of public universities, earned academic allowances, salary shortfalls and pension matters and this was to be discussed during the meeting today.
Prof Ogunyemi said, “There is supposed to be a meeting tomorrow evening (Monday). It all depends on the way government approaches it. If they invite us further, we will go. It also depends on what they put on the table. We met them briefly and we agreed to meet on Monday (today).
“We met with the Minister of Education (Adamu Adamu) on Thursday and it was a short meeting. We have given them our terms. I am not representing myself but those who have given us a clear mandate and we shall abide by the terms.”
The Federal Government’s delegation led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in their meeting with ASUU leaders on November 15 appealed to the union to consider the interest of the students and end the strike.
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