Posted on Tue 8 Jan 2019, 06:13 AM

After the meeting held by the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on monday, an agreement has been reached giving hope to the end of the ongoing strike by the university lecturers which started on November 8, 2018. 

According to Biodun Ogunyemi, the national president of ASUU, the strike could only be called off after the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting to be held on an undisclosed date where decisions will be reviewed based on the new commitment of the federal government

"In view of this, government has promised to reach us as soon as possible with a written proposal on those areas we need further consultations. And when we receive that, we shall treat accordingly and get back to the appropriate quarters,” he said.

The labour minister, Chris Ngige, also confirmed that an agreement had been reached and the accountant general and the ministry of finance have confirmed the release N15.4 billion to public universities.

He also stated that President Buhari has approved N20 billion to be used to offset the outstanding arrears of the 2009 to 2012 verified earnings in the universities which will be released to ASUU on completion of the process.

“ASUU has fulfilled their side in time for the pension administrator to take care of pension of their staff. They earlier gave ASUU a temporary licence and ASUU has done the needful to get their licence. So, it is resolved,” he said.

Mr Ngige said an eight-member committee has been put in place to meet with governors on the issues of state universities.

He said the Goodluck Jonathan administration entered an agreement of N220 billion annual university funding with ASUU for the next 6 years, starting from 2009.

He said the federal government will look for resources to meet the agreement by the previous administration of N220 billionannual university funding with ASUU for the next 6  years, effective from 2009.

”These are the major issues we discussed and ASUU is supposed to take back the resolution of these meetings to their members. We expect that they will get back to us by Thursday,” he said.

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