Strike: Why ASUU Should Accept FG’s Offer – Ngige

Labor and Employment Minister Chris Ngige has been optimistic that members of the University Academic Staff Union will accept the new offer from the Federal Government and end the eight-month strike that began in March.

He urged ASUU to speed up consultations with its members to return to the negotiating table before Friday.

“I feel that even this offer is one of the best they have received since I started the settlement with them. I don’t see why they shouldn’t accept it. Everything they asked for has been granted. I don’t think they should say that the offer is not good.

“But I told you before you left that asking the nation and students to wait Friday through Friday is unfair, they should come back to us on Tuesday. They have done it before when we negotiate with the president of the Senate. The offer was made on a Thursday and they returned to us on Tuesday.

“So that’s what I hope you do this time. If they do, the nation will appreciate them and consider them patriotic citizens of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. I hope they will contact me well before Friday, ”said the minister, who spoke in an Arise TV interview monitored by The PUNCH.

PUNCH reported last Friday that the Federal Government accepted ASUU’s demand that teachers be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System.

The government also offered to increase the accrued allocations to university staff from N30 billion to N35b and the Revitalization Fund from N20b to N25b.

The development came after weeks of negotiations and disagreements by FG ​​and ASUU, who proposed the University’s Accountability and Transparency Solution as their preferred payment platform.

Reading the statement at the end of a seven-hour negotiation with ASUU members in Abuja on Friday, Labor and Employment Minister Senator Chris Ngige said that the government also accepted ASUU’s demand to pay back wages of its members as of February. to June through the old salary payment platform, the Government’s Integrated Financial Information and Management System.

Progress in negotiations is expected to end the eight-month strike started by university professors as parents and students wait for ASUU to cancel the strike.

Source: – Punch ng