Strike: We are looking for ASUU to continue the negotiation

Three days into the one-month warning strike declared by the Union of Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU)Nigerian Education Minister Adamu Adamu has said the government was surprised by the union’s action and said it was still “looking to ASUU” for further dialogue on its demands. The minister, speaking to the media on Wednesday shortly after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting chaired by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, said that the government and the striking speakers will soon reach an agreement to end the strike in course. But the union has denied the minister’s claim, saying it received no invitation from the government. ASUU had announced the start of the strike on Monday after its National Executive Council meeting was held at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka. ASUU wants the government to address its demands, including the immediate deployment of its University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to replace the government-mandated Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS); publish a white paper on the panel of visits to federal universities, support the renegotiated ASUU-FGN 2009 Agreement, among others. The minister was quoted as saying that all outstanding issues are being addressed and that he was surprised when ASUU went on strike on Monday. Adamu said the government is interested in a peaceful resolution with the union. The minister is quoted as saying: “Certainly we are going to come to an agreement and it will be very soon. Unfortunately they have gone on strike and I am only looking for them because all the issues are being addressed. “The last thing that happened was the committee that looked at their demands; the renegotiation that is taking place. They presented a draft agreement that the ministry is analyzing; a committee is looking at it. “Immediately finished, then the government will announce what it has agreed to. Then all of a sudden I heard them go on strike. So actually, I’m looking for ASUU.” “The federal government is ready to meet with them on all the issues that they have raised and if there are so many meetings and the gap is not closed, I think it is not the fault of the government.” But when contacted, ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke said the union has not been contacted by the government or its delegation. “Not true. They didn’t contact us,” Mr. Osodeke simply wrote in a text message to our reporter. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Strike: We are looking for ASUU to continue the negotiation