A 14-member Federal Government team has been picked by President Muhammadu Buhari to renegotiate the 2009 agreement with unions in federal universities, federal polytechnics and federal colleges of education.
Reports say the committee was approved by President Buhari in order to ensure sustainable peace and industrial harmony in the nation’s tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
According to a statement issued by Mallam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education, the renegotiation team would dialogue with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Non Academic Staff Union of Associated & Allied Institutions (NASU).
Dr. Wale Babalakin, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) is listed as the head of the team
Below is a complete list of the 14-member government team:
Wale Babalakin, SAN; (Chairman)
M.M. Jibril, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Lafia
Nimi Briggs, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Lokoja
Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke
Lawrence Ngbale, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi
Prince Alex Mbata, Pro-Chancellor, Imo State University, Owerri
Olufemi Bamiro, Pro-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun
Representatives, Federal Ministry of Education
Representative, Federal Ministry of Labour & Employment
Representative, Federal Ministry of Finance
Representative, Federal Ministry of Justice
Representative, Federal Ministry of Budget & National Planning
Representative of the National Salaries, Incomes & Wages
Representative of the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF)
ASUU has at various times accused the government of going back on the earlier agreement reached with it, a situation that has forced the union to go on strike at different times, paralysing activities within the ivory towers.
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