Buhari Govt Moves To Prevent Another ASUU Strike
Asuu leadership and a team of Federal Government during a meeting (File photo: Sumner Shagari Sambo)

President Muhammadu Buhari administration and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have begun fresh re-negotiations of the 2009 agreement aimed at warding off another strike by the union.

The body of lecturers had on 7 February suspended a nationwide strike that lasted for three months.

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ASUU protested poor funding of Nigerian universities, introduction of an education bank, as well as non-implementation of previous agreements, among other issues.

And in a bid to avoid another face-off with the union, Wale Babalakin, the Chairman, Federal Government re-negotiation team, said after a meeting Wednesday that he was hopeful the meeting would yield positive results.

Babalakin disclosed that the ASUU team had presented more than 20 issues that were being looked into to ensure stability in the university system.

“We resumed our renegotiation today. The government team and ASUU were appropriately represented and we had positive discussions,” he told newsmen.

“We are actually hopeful that we are on a positive path to finalising the negotiation.

“There were very hectic discussions on topical issues and both sides had extensive contributions for the benefit of the university system.

“It is the same negotiation, we had interim discussion, that is over now and we are back to where we left off. So it is a continuous negotiation.

“ASUU submitted its timetable today and there are more than 20 issues in that timetable, it is not a single issue, but they will all be discussed.”

But Concise News learned that the representative of ASUU refused to comment on what was discussed at the meeting.