By Jessica Oshomagbe
The federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU have gone back to the negotiating table to find means of ending the strike embarked upon by university lecturers.
The federal government delegation led by the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, is expected to negotiate with ASUU executives led by the National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi in Abuja to review the Memorandum of Action signed in 2017 by both parties.
ASUU had after its National Executive Council meeting held in Akure, Ondo State, on November 4 asked its members to embark on strike as the government failed to implement certain areas of the 2017 agreement.
The 2017 Memorandum of Action, which will be reviewed at the resumed discussions, highlights seven issues in dispute. These are the funding of revitalisation of universities, earned academic allowances, staff schools, pension matters, salary shortfalls, and Treasury Single Account exemption as well as state universities.
According to Wale Babalakin, chairman of the federal government Implementation Committee of the FG/ASUU agreement, ASUU is expected to come to the negotiating table for permanent solutions to the issues based on verifiable information.