ASUU-FG meeting ends in stalemate

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The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) leadership meeting on Tuesday came to an end once more without a resolution.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities and Federal Government’s (ASUU-FG) meeting over conditions of service ended in a stalemate again, on Tuesday.

This indicates that the six-month-old lecturers’ strike at public universities will continue.

The Professor Nimi Briggs Committee and the striking academics met on Tuesday at the National University Commission in Abuja in the hopes of breaking the deadlock.

Members of the Briggs renegotiation committee did not present any new offers to the table, according to a top member of ASUU who requested anonymity.

Instead, the committee begged the professors to cease their strike, the ASUU source claimed, assuring them that their issues would be addressed in the 2023 budget.

The discussion, which began at noon, reportedly lasted for about three hours without producing a resolution.

What are ASUU’s concerns?

ASUU embarked on a four-week warning strike on February 14. The strike action has lasted since then.

Scores of university students in public institutions have been left stranded, particularly final year students.

Among other requests, the academics want better welfare, the revitalization of public universities, and academic autonomy.

The non-payment of university revitalization funds, which total roughly N1.1 trillion, is one point of discontent among academics.

The Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) is another concern of ASUU.

The University Transparency and Accountability Solution is an alternative payroll system that has been advocated by academics (UTAS).

 

ASUU-FG meeting ends in stalemate

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