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BREAKING: FG invites ASUU for dialogue after 56 days of strike action

The Federal Government through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, have invited the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities for a dialogue today, Monday, April 11, 2022.

The meeting which is scheduled to commence by 5.00 p.m will have in attendance representatives of the Federal Government and ASUU.

The Director of Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Patience Onuobia, in a notice of meeting sent to journalists on Monday, said Minister Chris Ngige will chair the meeting himself.

“The Minister for Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, will be meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities today by 5 pm,” the notice read.

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ASUU strike entered its 56th day on Monday, April 11, 2022, following the announcement of a four-week total and comprehensive warning strike due to the inability of the union and the Federal Government to reach common ground on the demands of university lecturers.

Some of ASUU’s demands include the release of revitalization funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the UTAS payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers.

Following the expiration of the initial four weeks of the warning strike, the union had gone ahead to declare another eight weeks saying that it was giving the government more time to attend to its needs.

Meanwhile the Minister of State for Education, Mr Emeka Nwajiuba has accused members of ASUU of being wicked to have denied 2.2 million Nigerian students access to the University.

According to him, the government don’t have N200bn in its coffers to offer the union.

He said: “You can see what the Ministry of Finance is doing – it gave N50bn, N20bn – we don’t have N200bn in the coffers at a go. When the last President signed the agreement, he thought he might have the money.”

With the last meeting between the Federal Government an ASUU ending at stalemate, much will be expected from this renewed effort to resolve the incessant ASUU strike.

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