Education

FG, ASUU reach agreement to prevent strike

The Federal Government has agreed with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday, to address all contentious issues to avert a strike.

The parties have also decided to kick-start a communication process.

NAN reports the parties had entered into a close-door meeting which began at about 4.30 pm. at the Ministry’ of Education’s headquarters in Abuja.

The meeting which lasted for over two hours, had in attendance the two Ministers overseeing Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, and Dr Yusuf Sununu and other top officials in the ministry in the Federal Government’ team

The ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, who led the union’s team, told newsmen after the meeting that the negotiation process had begun while hoping that the federal government would follow up on what had been agreed on.

“We have discussions on all the issues and we have given assignments to some people to look at, and agree on the way forward,” he said.

On the two-week ultimatum issued by the union, Osodeke said they would go back and give the details of the meeting to their members.

“What is important is that we have started the process and our prayers is that we resolve it for the interest of our young men and the interest of the nation.

“The government has spent one year in office and we have not been called for any formal meeting. Today we are having the first formal meeting.

“There is a process we have started and we are going to set deadlines, we are going to meet to look at what has been done on those issues and we hope the process will continue,” he said.

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