Agreement reached with ASUU, others, strike ends soon –FG

The Federal Government has expressed optimism that the decisions taken in its tripartite meeting with university-based unions will bear fruit next week.

The head, press and public relations in the Ministry of Labor and Employment, Mr Olajide Oshundun, said in a statement on Friday that some agreements had been reached between the government and the unions.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, the Non-Academic Staff Union and the Association of Academic Technologists are currently on strike.

The unions began striking actions while demanding improved welfare packages, better working conditions and implementation of various labor agreements signed with the Federal Government between 2009 and 2015.

The Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, said: “We had a cordial and fruitful conversation; we looked at the issues with despair and reached some agreements, to the satisfaction of all present. ”

Ngige said the meeting was moved out of the labor ministry because the government involved some interested parties in an effort to resolve the dispute with the unions.

The parties were the chief of staff of the president and chairman of the tripartite assembly, prof. Ibrahim Gambari, the chairman of the Nigeria Interfaith Council, the Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, and the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria and co-chair of NIREC, Rev. Sampson Ayokunle.

The negotiating team also had the Ministers of Labor, Finance, Education, ASUU leaders and other stakeholders.

The Minister of Labor said: “We have discussed. Everyone was happy. We have reached some agreements, and we hope that those agreements will start to expire by next week.

“The four unions will also inform their members so that they can strike.”

The minister said the issues in the 2009 agreement, such as the renegotiation of the terms of employment and the wage review could be settled next week.

Gambari lamented in his remarks that the ongoing problems in the universities had resulted in the mutilation of the country’s educational calendar.

He urged ASUU to return to the classrooms while negotiations are underway, to avoid violence by students who have started blocking roads and airports in protest of the protracted strike.

He gave the assurance that the president, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.), Is determined to put an end to the negative developments in the country’s tertiary institutions.

We need predictable and quality education so that the human capital needed to move our country forward will be consistently developed, ”said Gambari.

Ayokunle, for its part, also called on the unions to return to work in the interests of the children and the nation.

The ASUU president, prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, appealed to the government to pay quality attention to education, saying all the problems in the sector can be resolved amicably if the government does the necessary soon.

Meanwhile, students from Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, under the auspices of the Great Ife Concerned Students in collaboration with the Fund Education Coalition, protested against the protracted ASUU strike. They blocked major roads in Osun State, leading to a standstill.

Protest leader Omowumi Abraham said: “With our education we are becoming a threat to those in government. They need to fund education. In 2020, we were home due to ASUU strike and coronavirus. There was a surge in the crime rate. They should not play with our future. They must reopen schools immediately. “

Similarly, students from Adekunle Ajasin Akungba-Akoko University also took to the streets on Friday to protest against the strike.

During the rally, President of the Student Union Government, Kolade Ogunsanmi, said: “We, Nigerian students, students of Adekunle Ajasin University, are on the street of Akungba to express our displeasure with the Federal Government and in for a short time, the government must answer ASUU so that we can reopen universities. ”

The Vice President of the Student Union, Kemisola Salami, said: “Our education is being cut down; we are tired of sitting at home without work; we are using this medium to plead with the federal government to meet with ASUU and end the strike. ”

In the state of Imo, undergraduate university students also staged a protest against the ongoing ASUU strike on Friday.

The Senate President of the National Association of Imo State Students, Alfred Jacinta, said: “We give them seven days to solve their problems, otherwise we will block all the main roads until our demands are met.

“We do not ask too much. We only ask that we be allowed to complete our academic programs. It is a time for us to say enough is enough and to take our destiny into our own hands. ”

Meanwhile, Iwo’s Oluwo, Oba Abdulrosheed Akanbi, called on the Federal Government and the striking ASUU members to resolve their differences to protect the future of Nigerian students.

Oba Akanbi made the call on Friday in a statement by his press secretary, Alli Ibraheem.

The monarch said: “The security fragility of the country requires rigid handling of the education sector. Failure to do so will inevitably increase the tense security challenge in the country. I appeal to the ASUU to prioritize students’ interest and be gentle in their demand of the Federal Government.

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