The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has stated that it has rejected the Federal Government’s plea to conditionally stop the ongoing strike, maintaining its position on the industrial action.
The Union made the announcements late Thursday night and early Friday morning.
This comes after President Muhammadu Buhari asked his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to lead the FG’s delegation to the talks on Thursday night.
The ASUU rejected the federal government’s offer to temporarily stop the strike this morning.
“Nothing new except that the government team requested them to call off the strike for some time, which they rejected,” one union member stated.
Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, told journalists following the meeting that the negotiations were constructive.
He said: “We have reached some agreements and we hope that by next week, those agreements will be maturing and the different unions will have something to tell their members so that they can call off the strike.
We have put some timelines for some aspects like the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement in terms of the condition of service and wage review. So, we are hopeful that by next weekend, the unions will see a conclusion in that area”.
ASUU’s roll-over strike, which began on February 14, was extended for another 12 weeks on Monday.
The funding of public university revitalization, Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), and promotion arrears are among its requests.
President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, has appealed to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to terminate the prolonged strike that began on February 14.
During his speech, the president referred to his February 1 direction to his Chief of Staff, Ibrahim Gambari, Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, to address the issues of the strikers’ unions.