Strike: ASUU, NASU, SSANU turned down FG plea to re-open schools, meeting ends deadlock

THE tripartite-plus meeting convened by the Federal Government with the striking university-based unions last night ended without any concrete agreement for the workers to return to work.

In fact, the four university-based unions that have gone on strike have rejected all the government’s plea that they should suspend the strike while efforts are being made to address the controversial issues.

At the meeting between the federal government team, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational Institutions, NASU and the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, also identified interest groups and civic organizations, the ongoing industrial action in the universities was held at the banquet hall of the presidential villa in Abuja,

It was intended to persuade the striking workers to accept an agreement to strike their strike while efforts are made to resolve the dispute.

However, the unions refused to withdraw to continue the strike, saying there was nothing on the government’s side to justify it.

Although ASUU president refused to speak to journalists about the outcome of the meeting, one of the union members said there was nothing new except that the government team wanted them to strike the strike they had rejected.

According to him, there was nothing on the ground for us to consider. We will not stop the strike until something concrete has been done. “

The Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who spoke to journalists after the meeting, said: “We have reached some agreements and we hope that those agreements will expire by next week and the various unions will have something to do. to tell their members so that they can strike the strike.

“We have drawn up some timelines for some aspects such as renegotiation of the 2009 agreement in terms of terms of employment and wage review. So, we are hopeful that the unions will see a closure of that area by next weekend. “

Prof. Earlier, while addressing the leadership of the unions and stakeholders at the opening of the talks, Ibrahim Gambari called on the striking university workers to sheathe their swords and agree to return to work while talks about their claims have conversations. going on.

He said something had to be done urgently to reopen the institutions and to prevent students from protesting on the street.

According to him, it would be in no one’s interest to extend the strike further, adding that President Muhammadu Buhari had instructed the team to try to end the strike so that students, lecturers and other workers could return to work.

The two co-chairs of the Nigerian Interfaith Council (NIREC), Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar II and the president of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Samson Ayokunle encouraged ASUU and the non-teaching staff. unions to accept the president’s plea and suspend their strike while efforts are made to address the issues in dispute.

Ayokunle specifically requested the lecturers to return to work and allow a grace period within which actual steps will be taken to implement aspects of the agreement.

ASUU president, prof. However, Emmanuel Osodeke said the union had given enough grace period before the current strike to allow the government and its agencies to meet with them and address their demands, but it was in vain.

He said the government withheld the salaries of the lecturers as a strategy to force them to resume work.

He said most of the content of the 2020 Memorandum of Action is based on the 2013 federal government-sponsored NEEDS provision at all federal universities.

As a result of the assessment, Osodake said the federal government had agreed that a total amount of N1.3 trillion was needed to fund the revival of the universities.

According to him, the release of the money would be stretched over a period of six years.

He said the administration, led by Jonathan, began implementation with the release of the first tranche of N200 billion in 2014.

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