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Strike: ASUU, FG reaches concrete proposals

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) says it has reached concrete proposals with the Federal Government on the continuing warning strike embarked upon by the union.

Mr Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President mentioned this in Abuja whereas addressing newsmen on the finish of a closed-door reconciliatory assembly on the Ministry of Labour and Employment.

The assembly which started by three p.m ended at about 11 p.m on Tuesday.

It could be recalled that ASUU started the warning strike on March 9, 2020, after a disagreement with the Federal Government over problems with the revitalization of universities, earned tutorial allowance.

Others are visitation panel, mainstreaming and most significantly Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) all the time and different points relating to college funding.

Ogunyemi mentioned that no pronouncement could be made till after presenting the brand new authorities proposals to members of the union.

According to Ogunyemi, we had some fruitful discussions, we’ve got improved on the place we have been final time, we’ve got what we will name concrete proposals and we’ve got what we will take again to our members.

“But as we often say, these of us right here can’t give the ultimate pronouncements on any of the proposals and we’ve got assured the federal government that we are going to report faithfully to our principals and get again to authorities accordingly.

“We need to guarantee all Nigerians that we’re concern on going again to our work like each different particular person as a result of we all know that’s the place we discover happiness, we’re not glad outdoors our school rooms, our laboratories and our libraries.

” So, in view of this, we are going to do our greatest to make sure that all issues have the utmost advantages from this motion as a result of it’s of nationwide curiosity.

“If academics do not defend the universities who will defend the academics, ” he mentioned.

Also talking, Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, mentioned each events had fruitful deliberations on contentious points, particularly the problem of IPPIS.

He mentioned, “the assembly was longer than anticipated as a result of we had to take a look at all the problems that have been in our 2019 Memorandum of Actions, particularly those who had not been absolutely addressed. We made new proposal on behalf of FG to ASUU.

“These points vary from funding, revitalization of public universities, earned tutorial allowances, wage shortfalls within the Federal University of Akure and the problem of state universities.

“We additionally addressed cost of earned tutorial allowances to the University of Ilorin.

“On the Nigerian University Pension Commission, the certificates was issued final 12 months however operational certificates had not been issued as a result of we wouldn’t have a everlasting PENCOM board in place.

“We have made a proposal on how NUPENCO board will have the ability to fulfil its obligation, particularly by way of preparation of annual audit experiences.

“Issue of visitation panel to the universities has been on the table since last year. The Government side made progress and that approval has been gotten, and we are waiting for the gazette of the membership of the visitation panel. ”

The minister famous that the Issue of IPPIS was additionally mentioned and choices and options have been superior.

He mentioned that the federal government had a proposal, which had been given to the ASUU.

According to him, ASUU will take the problems which might be excellent again to its National Executive Council for them to be on the identical web page earlier than they get again to the federal government.

“We have agreed on a tentative date to get back to the government is before the weekend runs out. We expect ASUU to write the government before then to see if there will be the need for a further meeting,” he added.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) experiences that these additionally current on the assembly have been, Minister of State, Labour and Employment Mr, Festus Keyamo (SAN), Executive Secretary of the National University Commission.

Others are Minister of State for Education, Accountant General of the Federation, Permanent Secretaries within the ministries of labour and that of training

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