ASUU Strike: Ngige Expresses Optimism As Another Meeting With Lecturers Begins

On Friday, the federal government continued negotiations with the University Academic Staff Union (ASUU) to end the eight-month strike. ASUU embarked on a national strike on March 23 to demand “revitalization grant,” earned academic grants, renegotiation of the 2009 agreement, visiting panels, among other demands.

Premium Times reported how the federal government, last Friday, made some concessions to striking college professors through their union. The government offered N65 billion to Nigerian universities to meet some of the professors’ demands. The government also agreed to pay teachers their outstanding salaries using an older payment platform, GIFMIS, different from the controversial IPPIS. The 65 billion naira tries to tackle the problem of earned allowances and the “revitalization of universities”. Before the government presented IPPIS to the union last year, speakers received their salary through the Government’s Integrated Financial Management Information System (GIFMIS).

The meeting
Friday’s meeting, which was scheduled for 11 am, began at 2:25 pm with Labor Minister Chris Ngige chairing. He said the government gave the union some offers last week and “promised to consult with their members and come back to us.”

“We pray for a fruitful discussion that will get our children to school,” he said. In his comment, ASUU national president Biodun Ogunyemi said that the unionists’ position was documented and will be presented to the minister. Mr. Ngige declared the start of the technical session of the meeting at 2:35 pm

Source: – Premium Times

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