The President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, had said that the eight-week old strike embarked upon by the union would continue until an agreement was reached by the Federal Government proposals concerning their demands.
The National President made this known at the end of a three-hour meeting held between the delegates of the FG which was led by the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige and that of ASUU.
Reports revealed that the Minister said after the meeting that N20bn out of N105bn earned allowance would be released soon by the FG to offset outstanding arrears of 2009/2012 audit verified earnings in the university system.
He also said that more than N15.3bn had been confirmed by the Ministry of Finance and the Office of Accountant General to have been released to accommodate payment of service shortfall in the system.
But despite the commitments and other proposals, Ogunyemi said that the strike would not be called off until ASUU members agreed to the government proposal.
“We have had an extensive session looking at all the isues and just like the minister said, there are issues that will require further consultations at the level of our union before we can make any pronouncement on our stand.
“The FG has promised to reach us as soon as possible with a proposal on those areas where further consultation is needed. The strike continues,” Ogunyemi stated.
While briefing the men of the press at the end of the meeting, Ngige said, “We made progress with ASUU’s understanding and cooperation and we trashed out the issues on the agenda.
“ASUU has fulfilled its own side of the bargain in terms of the Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company, which is the pension fund company floated by the union to take care of pensions of those in the university system. Pension regulators have given certain conditions to be fulfilled.
“This is our request so that the universities can be open to students. We are working towards seeing the schools open by weekend.
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