The Academic Staff Union of Universities, which is currently on strike, has stated that it is expecting the Federal Government’s response to its requests.
The Federal Government’s renegotiation team, led by Prof. Nimi Briggs, met with ASUU leadership on Monday to continue renegotiation of the FGN-ASUU 2009 agreements with the four university unions, all of which are currently on strike, according to the PUNCH.
The meeting was fair, according to ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke, who added that they were expecting the government to respond to the problems they discussed with the committee.
“I don’t know if we are calling off the strike soon,” Osodeke remarked when asked if ASUU would call off the strike soon after having a fair dialogue with the Briggs committee.
He added that the National Information Technology Development Agency is still testing the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, and that ASUU has met with the Federal Government’s committee three times.
The committee, according to Osodeke, has not issued any additional invitations.
“They’ll call us when they’re ready for another meeting,” he continued, “but none for now.” We’ve had three meetings with them thus far.”
After the Federal Government failed to meet some of ASUU’s demands, including the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, the union went on strike on February 14, 2022.