Negotiations
Negotiations with leaders of striking leaders of Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU ) have not been aborted, Minister of Labour and Employment Chris Ngige has stated.
He denied media reports leaders of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) walked out of their scheduled meeting with the government on Monday.
In a statement by the Director of Press in the Ministry Samuel Olowokoore, Ngige said negotiations with the lecturers were still on.
He expressed optimism the strike will soon be suspended.
He said at Monday’s meeting, reports were taken from the committees and the teams agreed to give themselves a few days to study the implementation plan.
The statement reads: “The attention of the Honourable Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, has been drawn to the negative newspaper publication by some sections of the media on the on-going negotiations between the Federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“They reported that the members of ASUU walked out of the reconciliatory meeting between them and the federal government.
“The Ministry of Labour and Employment wishes to state that members of ASUU did not walk out of the meeting as reported.
“The Minister explained to the press after the meeting with ASUU that at the last meeting held on Monday, 10th December, 2018, the different MDAs were given assignments and their reports were submitted during the meeting of Monday, 17th December, 2018.
“The two parties agreed on implementation and work plan of the reports and gave themselves some days to see if it can be accomplished before Christmas, hence the meeting did not last more than two (2) hours unlike usual protracted meeting which the correspondents where used to
“To the Honourable Minister’s surprise, some print and electronic media reported a day after that ASUU walked out on the government delegation
“The Ministry wishes to state that the negotiation between the FG and ASUU on the resolution on the strike is still on-going and making progress as the FG is determined to resolve the outstanding lingering issue to ensure that the strike is called off and students back to school as quickly as possible.
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