Resolves Five Grounds For Planned Action
The leadership of the Senate, on Thursday in Abuja, met with Ministers of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adesina, her Education counterpart, Mallam Adamu Adamu and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) as part of ongoing efforts to avert another crisis in the nation educational system.
The meeting at the instance of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, successfully resolved five of the eight the issues listed as grounds for the proposed strike, leaving three.
The upper chamber did not however say which issues were resolved and those outstanding.
In a series of tweets on its official twitter handle at the of the meeting, the Senate President assured that “ASUU and the Ministry of Education will meet again to resolve pending issues.
“All parties have agreed to report back to the Senate President next week,” Saraki added.
ASUU, last week, declared a nationwide warning strike over its long standing demands from the Federal Government, in all universities on November 16.
Among its demands are the Federal Government’s refusal to honour its 2009 agreement and the denial of staff entitlement in respect of earned academic allowance, amounting to N128 billion.
Other demands include poor funding of universities for revitalisation and refusal to register the Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company.
ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, was reported as acknowledging the negotiations with a committee of the Senate to look into the lingering issues.
The initial meeting, he noted, “had in attendance representatives from the Ministries of education, budget, finance, labour and representatives of the committee on tertiary institutions, TETfund and others.
“The deliberation was fruitful as we all had good approaches on the issues.
“For now, we can call this development as work in progress.
“We shall update our members on all that transpired because we are a democratic group,’’ Ogunyemi said.