ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke and Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige Meet with FG over 2009 Agreement to stop Strike
The Federal Government has resumed talks with representatives of unions in the nation’s universities.
The PUNCH reported last week that the Prof Nimi Briggs committee set up by the government to renegotiate the 2009 agreement was expected to end its three months’ timelines given on June 7, 2022.
But investigations revealed that the committee would meet Academic Staff Union of Universities on Monday (today) while the Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and allied institutions would have their meeting on Friday.
“We are meeting the FG committee in Abuja on Monday,” a source in ASUU said. The union’s National President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, in an interview, also told The PUNCH that meetings would resume this week.
“We are resuming the meeting this week and we have an invitation this week. The renegotiation meeting will only end if we have called off the strike.
“Since the strike is still on, the meeting cannot end. We do not have any problem with the committee. When we do, we will communicate with the committee,” he said.
Similarly, the Joint Action Committee of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Allied Institutions’ National President, Mr Ibrahim Mohammed, told our correspondent that SSANU’s meeting would be on Friday.