ASUU Describes Negotiations With FG’s Committee As Progressive

It has been 109 days since the commencement of the strike.

For four months now, Nigerian students have had to stay at home with no hope of returning to school due to inability of FG to meet ASUU demands. During these months, students have been hopeful that the union will cancel the strike so school activities can commence while some are disappointed in the failure of FG in meeting ASUU’s demands.

However, there seem to be a rekindling of hope as ASUU Chairman, Emmanuel Osodeke announced that present negotiations with the recently constituted committee chaired by Prof. Nimi Briggs has been progressive. This negotiation had commenced last week and the aim is to discuss and look into the demands of the union.

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    In its statement, ASUU said the visitation panels have submitted reports and described the negotiations with the committee as ‘progressive’.

The tweet on the union’s twitter account goes thus:

“The Academic Staff Union of Universities on Thursday expressed optimism about its ongoing meeting with the Prof. Nimi Briggs committee, describing the negotiation as being progressive.”

Prior to this, The Federal Government inaugurated a seven-person committee in March, chaired by the Pro-Chancellor, Alex Ekweme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Emeritus Prof. Nimi Briggs with the responsibility of renegotiating the 2009 agreement it reached with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU). FG has indeed started to work on looking into the demands of the union as the union expressed optimism over the made negotiations.

The demands of the union include the funding of the revitalisation of public universities, the Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

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The chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), Emmanuel Osodeke said that the union will meet in private and will make the public know their decision, next week.

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