ASUU walks out on negotiation, to take stand Tuesday

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After stepping out of the meeting with the federal government, striking university lecturers are to meet today over their ongoing industrial action under the aegis of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige had on Monday in Abuja met with the leadership of the union to resume negotiation but Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the national President of ASUU with other members of the union walked out of the meeting.

He, however, declined comment on the outcome of the meeting which lasted about two hours as he refused to speak with reporters.

Ngige had earlier assured the striking lecturers that attention would be paid to three critical demands which included salary shortfalls, university revitalization, and earned allowances of ASUU members.

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Consequently, there seems to be no end to the strike which began about six weeks ago and academic activities would remain grounded.

This week’s meeting is a continuation of last week’s meeting with the minister where he (Ngige) was expected to brief the striking lecturers on areas that the Federal Government had agreed to implement from their long list of demands.

Some of the contending issues include poor funding of Nigerian Universities, the alleged plot to increase students’ fees in some institutions, introduction of an education bank and the non-implementation of previous agreements.

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