Asuu chairman debunked resumption date

The feud between the federal government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has worsened as no date has been fixed for resumption of negotiations by the two parties.

With this development, there is no end in sight for the resolution of issues that led to the protracted nine-month- old strike by ASUU. The union went on strike to pressure the federal government to address its concerns about remuneration, working conditions, earned allowances and obsolete infrastructure, amongst others.

Also, amidst agitations by unions in federal universities for a sector-specific salary payment platform, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, has kicked against multiple technology-driven payment platforms. He said any such device must align with the existing Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

The Permanent Secretary to the Federal Ministry of Education, Mr. Sonny Echonu, told THISDAY in Abuja at the weekend that the lingering strike is uncalled for and unnecessary, as all the contending issues have been resolved except one.

But ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview yesterday, faulted the permanent secretary’s claims.

He also warned that the federal government’s poor handling of the industrial crisis could lead to another wave of brain drain, adding that already, Ethiopia has recruited over 200 Nigerian professors.

Echonu said reason is expected to prevail as the overall national interest will be the guiding principle in resolving the industrial dispute.

The government is working very closely. We are very concerned and the president is very concerned about this protracted strike, which to so many of us is unnecessary. We believe there are other ways of getting things done.

“There’s a shared acceptance of so many of the issues and we are at a point that very quickly and soon, it will be resolved. There’s only one issue in contention, really. The other issues have either been resolved or there have been some kind of compromise that worked out.

contending issues have been resolved except one.

But ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview yesterday, faulted the permanent secretary’s claims.

He also warned that the federal government’s poor handling of the industrial crisis could lead to another wave of brain drain, adding that already, Ethiopia has recruited over 200 Nigerian professors.

Echonu said reason is expected to prevail as the overall national interest will be the guiding principle in resolving the industrial dispute.

“The government is working very closely. We are very concerned and the president is very concerned about this protracted strike, which to so many of us is unnecessary. We believe there are other ways of getting things done.

“There’s a shared acceptance of so many of the issues and we are at a point that very quickly and soon, it will be resolved. There’s only one issue in contention, really. The other issues have either been resolved or there have been some kind of compromise that worked out.

“We believe that reason will prevail and the overall national interest will be the guiding principle in coming to a quick resolution. I can assure you that work is going assiduously in this.

“Only two days ago, the ASUU executives were at the ministry to meet with the minister for certain consultations and we felt we needed to tell them exactly what our positions are.

“We will look at the overall interest of the Nigerian people. We know that we also operate in a context of government playing out different segments even in the university setting.

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