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ASUU, FG to reconvene negotiations

FG Representatives led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige and the leadership of NAAT during the meeting in Abuja.

The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will reconvene next week to discuss the prolonged closure of public universities.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige announced this in Abuja on Friday during a meeting with the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), who are also on strike.

Dr Ngige said if unions in the education sector had taken advantage of his open-door policy, multiple industrial disputes in the sector could have been avoided.

He insisted that the government was addressing all disputes holistically, recognising that none of the unions could function effectively without the other.

Dr Ngige maintained that the issues causing the disagreement in the industrial milieu were economic, bordering on money and welfare, and included old arrears and the 2009 renegotiation of Conditions of Service.

However, the Minister hinted that the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement would take time because the Education Ministry had not yet formed a committee to handle it.

Comrade Ibeji Nwokoma, President of NAAT, said they were forced to go on strike as a last resort, in order to draw government’s attention to their plight.

Reporting by Joseph Agi; Editing by Saadatu Albashir and Tony Okerafor