ASUU strike could be called of on Monday as FG and ASUU reach partial agreement

PUNCHNG.COM reported that the currently striking Academic Staff Union of Universities could end the strike as early as next Monday after reaching part agreement with the Federal Government.
The Federal Government and the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities have reached a partial agreement, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, announced on Monday.
According to the News Agency of Nigeria, Ngige made the announcement at a reconciliation meeting in Abuja aimed at finding ways of resolving the strike which commenced on November 5. The meeting ended late on Monday.
He said, “We have finished our deliberation for today (Monday). I am happy to report that we touched some areas of understanding in implementation from the Memorandum of Action which we agreed to in 2017.
“Some of these areas we have substantial compliance and some other areas have not been fully dealt with.
“Like the issue of shortfall in salaries of some federal universities’ workers and lecturers, ASUU has given a list to the Accountant-General’s Office and we have agreed that by Wednesday that list should be cross-checked by the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Auditing.
“So, the Accountant-General’s Office is to get back to us by Wednesday.”
He noted that the meeting had identified one area to look for the funds for the revitalisation of the universities, adding that the appropriate government organ would be contacted on the issue.
Ngige said government was sure to have good news for the striking lecturers.
The minister said he hoped with the agreement reached that the union would call off the strike at the next meeting scheduled for December 17.

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