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Wednesday, 30 August 2017

ASUU Strike: Govt Negotiating Team’ll Present ASUU’s Demands To FEC Today—Ngige

GISTSMARK.COM — Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, yesterday, said the requests of striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, displayed in another letter to government dated August 28,2017, would be submitted to the Federal Executive Council, FEC, at its meeting today, in Abuja. Ngige, while giving refresh on the prematurely ended meeting of government with ASUU, yesterday, in his office, affirmed the receipt of ASUU's letter and the need to display the letter to Federal Executive Council, FEC, today. He said:"The government, as you most likely are aware, has made an offer to ASUU through the Ministry of Education and late yesterday (Monday), ASUU hit us up with their counter offer. Dr Chris Nwabueze Ngige "By at that point, this meeting had been booked and the administration's side expected to think on their counter offer before we can have a compromise meeting to additionally talk about zones of difference. "That is the position at the present time. We are holding an administration side meeting, while the Minister of Education is likewise holding meeting and we will meet later today and formalize our position. "Tomorrow is Federal Executive Council meeting and there are viewpoints that we will require FEC endorsement to go ahead with. "From that point, we will meet with the ASUU group either tomorrow (today) night or Thursday morning, which ever will be more helpful," the priest guaranteed. Why we boycotted meeting with FG
—ASUU Meanwhile, ASUU boycotted the meeting it should have had with the Federal Government yesterday. Rather, the union sent a letter, dated August 29, 2017, reminding the administration that it was anticipating its activity on its requests caught in a before letter, dated August 28, 2017, preceding it could ponder going to additionally meeting in light of the progressing strike. The most recent letter to the administration, where the union precluded going to additionally meeting, read: "On Thursday, August 17, 2017, we met with the Minister of Labor and Education where it was concluded that we ought to counsel our individuals and return to government. We have counseled our individuals and in a letter dated August 28, we have composed back to the Federal Government on the result of our conferences "As we expect the Federal Government's response to our letter, we trust it would not be some time before we get a reaction that would convey enduring answer for the question.'' ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, responding to request on why his union avoided the booked meeting, said the union had before submitted points of interest of the perspectives examined from individuals following the meeting with government a fortnight prior to the Minister of Labor and Employment and also his Education partner. 's proclamation on why it couldn't go to meeting with government yesterday read to a limited extent: "Individuals from the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, were compelled to continue on inconclusive , thorough and add up to strike activity on Sunday, thirteenth August, 2017 after Government's inability to execute issues, on which understanding was come to amid the suspended cautioning strike of November, 2016. "We have since held converses with agents of government and counseled our individuals across the country on ventures to be taken to instantly resolve the waiting emergencies. "Among issues in the question are the enlistment of the Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company (NUPEMCO), fractionalization of pay rates in Federal Universities and gross under-financing/non-subsidizing of State Universities, and unpaid debts and usage of Earned Academic Allowances (EAA). "Different issues are arrival of reserve for renewal of state funded colleges as spelt out in 2013 Memorandum of Understanding, rules for retirement advantages of educators i line with 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, Treasury Single Account (TSA) and withdrawal of help for colleges' staff elementary schools. "On Thursday, seventeenth August, 2017, we met with authorities of the authorities of the service of instruction and work and business where it was concurred that the union ought to counsel and "return to government". Following the due counsel, we have examined the perspectives of our individuals on the offers from the legislature in debate in the last of 16thAugust 2017. These perspectives were submitted to government vide our letter dated 28thAugust 2017. "As we anticipate the Federal Government's activity on our letter, we trust that it would not be well before we get a positive reaction which will convey a conclusion to the debate. Then, we thank all Nigerians, especially our understudy (and their parent) and the media, for their seeing, up until this point ,on the need to rapidly address the issues to the greatest advantage of the Nigerian University System and for the general advancement of the nation. "