ASUU, Federal Government meet today to Cap areas in demands


Striking university teachers will today meet
with the government team to fine-tune the
grey areas in their demands.National president
of the Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU), Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, who confirmed that the five-week old strike would only be suspended if all the vexed issues are resolved.

Ogunyemi said members met at the branch
level to review the negotiation process and
identified some grey areas, which they insisted
must be addressed before the strike could be
suspended.

The Federal Government’s delegation to last
week’s meeting led by the Minister of Labour
and Employment, Chris Ngige, and Minister of
Education, Adamu Adamu, said it would make
funds available in September and October to
back earlier agreements and to show its good
faith.

In respect of the 2009 agreement, government
proposed a seven-man committee with the
union to work out a framework for the
implementation.Ngige further said payments of
earned allowances of the teachers had started
as at the time while a pathway was proposed
for registration of a universities’ pension
management company, raising hopes of
students and parents that the strike would
soon be called off.

But Ogunyemi told The Guardian yesterday:
“The strike has not been suspended; its true we
consulted at the branch level but members
directed us to go back and meet the
government team to clarify the grey areas. Let
us fine-tune the rough edges, as soon as this is
done and provided that government does not
renege again on the agreement, we will
suspend the strike.”


Meanwhile, In view of the recent publications
by the members of the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU), Lagos State University
(LASU) chapter, claiming that the dismissed
officers of the institution were being
victimised by the university management,
professors and associate professors of LASU,
have distanced themselves from the claims.
The group, in a communiqué issued at the end
of their meeting held at the institution’s senate
chamber during the weekend, and signed by
Prof. Martins Anetekhai and Dr. Sylvester
Odion-Akhaine, said it had become imperative
for them to declare their true stance in the
context of the new development at LASU in the
face of the conflicting statements emanating
thereafter.

According to them, “The body of Professors
and Associate Professors is committed to the
good image of the university, the welfare of
the staff and the progress of our students. We
totally dissociate ourselves from the recent
publications by the members of the ASUU-LASU
executives, which claimed they were being
victimised by the university management. The
dismissal of the affected staff was based on the
extant rules and regulations of the university.
“However, the affected members of staff have
the right within the ambit of the law to appeal
to the governing council or seek redress in a
court of competent jurisdiction. ASUU-LASU
has always been at the forefront of ASUU
struggles and we are totally committed to the
ongoing national strike.

“We observe the undue interference of the
Zonal Coordinator of ASUU (Lagos Zone)
calling a press conference, the content of which
did not emanate from the ASUU-LASU Congress
and therefore, we totally dissociate ourselves
from it. The union belongs to all of us and all
hands must be on deck to ensure a united
ASUU-LASU body.”

The communiqué also implored the Lagos State
government and visitor to the university to
honour whatever agreement is reached
between the Federal Government of Nigeria
and ASUU in the interest of the state. 



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