ASUU and FG To Reconvene Within 24hrs To Consider A New Draft Agreement:
The meeting between members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee, which was constituted by the Federal Government , ended in deadlock as the was no concrete agreement reached. To this effect, both members have planned to reconvene within 24 hours to consider a new draft agreement.
According to Channels TV, on Monday, 13th June, 2022, both Unions held a close door meeting at the Nigeria University Commission (NUC) in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
A senior member of the union who attended the meeting told Channels Television that they reached some agreements with the Federal Government, but members had to break and reconvene within 24 hours to consider the new terms in the draft agreement.
Recall, The Federal Government set up the committee led by Professor Briggs on 7th of March ,2022 with a three-month mandate to renegotiate the 2009 ASUU/Federal Government agreement.
The Federal government had tasked the committee to ensure that the renegotiation brings an end to the ongoing industrial action by the university lecturers.
Three months after it was inaugurated, the committee met with the lecturers but also failed to reach a final agreement that could end the strike that has crippled academic activities across government-owned universities.
On February 14th, 2022. The Union had embarked on strike over the adoption of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) as the payment system in the university sector , the poor funding of universities, non-payment of salaries and allowances of some of their colleagues, as well as the inability of the government to pay earned academic allowance to lecturers, among other issues.
Several meetings have been held to curtail the strike dispute, but all to no avail. The Union will be meeting again within 24hrs to consider a new terms that will be drafted in the agreement.
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