ASUU strike: Negotiation panel report ready

The committee set up by the Federal Government to re-negotiate the 2009 agreements with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and other university-based unions have submitted its interim report to the Ministry of Education.

Labour and Employment Minister  Chris Ngige, who disclosed this yesterday, said the Education Ministry has already commenced work on the report.

However, hours after,  public university workers under the aegis of the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), said that their ongoing warning strike is now indefinite. The union said they had adopted a “No Pay, No work” stance in response to government’s “No work, No pay policy.”

The re-negotiation of the agreements is one of the demands of the four university-based unions….ASUU,   Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU),  Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU) and NAAT.

Other demands are non-deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, non-release of revitalisation funds for universities, non-payment of earned allowances for university teachers and shortfall of payment as a result of the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

The seven-member renegotiation committee is headed by Prof. Emeritus Nimi Briggs, the pro-chancellor, of Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo, Ebonyi State.

ASUU  was however absent when the committee was inaugurated on March 7, 2022. It had insisted that government should commence implementation of the existing pact instead of wasting time through the committee.

When contacted yesterday evening, ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke said the union was not aware the Briggs-led committee had submitted its report.

But Ngige, who said that discussions were ongoing to end strikes by the unions, added that he would meet with either  SSANU or  NASU leadership tomorrow. He did not say if he also contacted ASUU or not.

The minister said: “Discussions are ongoing, not only with ASUU but with all the other education unions. On Thursday I will meet either SSANU or  NASU.

“I am still waiting for the Education Ministry to give me the final report they have from the ad -hoc committee we put in place on the condition of service for the 2009 agreements.

“The report is for every education union. The chairman told me that they have put in an interim report. The education ministry is working on the interim report.

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