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Federal Government, ASUU Resume Renegotiation

Dr. Wale Babalakin, SAN. Photo: Premium Times Nigeria
Dr. Wale Babalakin, SAN. Photo: Premium Times Nigeria

The Federal Government (FG) and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have begun fresh renegotiation of the 2009 agreement.

The meeting which lasted for about six hours between the Federal Government delegates and the ASUU delegates was held at the National Universities Commission (NUC) headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday.

Dr. Wale Babalakin, Chairman, FG’s team, said the renegotiation with ASUU was to make extensive contributions for the benefit of the university system.
Babalakin noted that the “discussions were healthy and on topical issues.”

The University of Lagos (UNILAG) Pro Chancellor said the renegotiation would happen within the fastest possible time as work had commenced on the issues brought forward by ASUU.

“We have resumed negotiation. The government team and ASUU were appropriately represented and we had very positive discussions and we actually hope that we are on a good path to finalizing the negotiation.

“There were healthy discussions on topical issues and both sides made extensive contributions to the benefit of the university system. On the negotiation, you have to seek the consent of the other party before you make any disclosure. But at the stage of signing an agreement, we will be willing to tell you all the headlines and all the important issues,” Babalakin stated.

The FG team chairman noted that the negotiations would also include the 2019 Memerandum of Action signed between the ASUU and the government.

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