ASUU Strike: On Tuesday, the federal government’s negotiating team will meet with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) who are on strike.
The meeting, which is a follow-up to one held last week, will report on the progress made in carrying out the agreement reached with the union.
Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, President of ASUU, told THISDAY by phone last night that the union had received notice of the reconvening of the reconciliatory meeting scheduled for Tuesday.
When asked about the status of negotiations since the one-month rollover ASUU strike was declared, Osodeke said nothing had happened.
“We haven’t heard from the government since the last meeting.” “No one has contacted us, except for the notice that we will be reconvening for talks on Tuesday,” he said.
In response to a statement attributed to Senator Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, that it would be inconvenient for the government to embark on a comprehensive salary review for university lecturers, the ASUU president stated that the federal government was not sincere.
He stated that if President Muhammadu Buhari is “able to approve salary increases for the Nigerian Police, primary and secondary school teachers, as well as the Basic Travel Allowance (BTA) for government, there is no reason why it will be difficult to do the same for lecturers.”
Osodeke was also concerned about the non-approval of ASUU’s proposed salary payment.
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