The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU had once again postpone the negotiation meeting between the body and the Federal Government. Nation Naija reports.
Recalled that the Academic Union Were supposed to have a negotiation meeting in a bid to call of the lingering industrial action. The Union reportedly postpone the meeting indefinitely the last time stating that the consultations space the Federal government gave the body is short.
No reason was given for the cancellation of the parley scheduled to discuss the union’s current strike.
It was gathered that ASUU was still consulting with its organs on the latest offer by the Federal Government to the striking university teachers.
The Postponement was made known through a text message released by the Press and Public Relations Officer in the office of the Federal Ministry of Labour, Mr. Charles Akpan.
“Good morning, colleagues. Please, note that the meeting with ASUU, earlier scheduled for today (yesterday), is canceled. The inauguration of the technical committee on PMS is as scheduled,” The Message Read.
Why confirming from the President of the Academic staff Union, Biodun Ogunyemi if he is aware of the postponement by the Federal Government, he noted that the academic Union did not agree on any meeting with the Federal Government sayings that consultations are still ongoing.
“We never actually agreed on any meeting. What we said was due consultations, and consultations are going on at the two levels. We believe the government’s side is also consulting. That’s why the meeting has not held.
“So, consultations are going on. Thank you,” Ogunyemi said at a media briefing.
He further reveals that the Academic Union did not embark on strike because of the proposed government payment platform(IPPIS). He said the academic Union embark on the strike because the Federal Government failed to meet with the 2009 agreement.
“ASUU didn’t go on strike because of a misunderstanding with government on IPPIS as platform for payment of salary.
“IPPIS issue started in 2018, before then, ASUU has been calling on government to honour the 2009 agreement and various MoUs it entered with government.
“In the 2009 agreement and MoUs, government agreed, among other things, to release money to revitalise the decaying infrastructure in public universities and set up visitation panels to know the condition of the universities,”
However, the Nigerian minister of labour Dr. Chris Ngige had reveal that the fund for the academic Union is ready for disbursement pending when the academic Union recall of the industrial action.