Nigerian Labour Congress, President, Mr Ayuba Wabba

ASUU strike: NLC appeal to FG to implement, sign renegotiated agreement with ASUU

The Nigerian Labour Congress has appealed to FG to implement, and sign the renegotiated agreement it entered with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in order to end the ongoing 4-week strike the Union has embarked on.

This was disclosed by the NLC President, Mr Ayuba Wabba in a statement titled “The Position of Nigerian Workers on Festering issues of National Importance” on Wednesday in Abuja.

In his words, Mr Ayuba Wabba said the current strike was unfortunate, citing that the FG and ASUU are yet to resolve issues noted in its 2009 Re-negotiated Agreement, stating that the FG took the draft Agreement and promised to consult and return to conclude the signing.

He noted that the Federal Government should implement all the agreements it entered with ASUU, in order to protect the future of our youths whose academic life is being disrupted.

He added that President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier directed that a Federal Government team meet with ASUU to resolve all the outstanding issues. He urged relevant MDAs to ensure that Mr President’s directive is discharged immediately to end the stalemate.

Recall that some of the demands of ASUU include funding for the revitalization of public universities, earned academic allowance, poor funding of state universities, and promotion arrears.

Others are the sustainability of the university autonomy, which it said the introduction of IPPIS violates; immediate deployment of UTAS to replace IPPIS; renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement; release of the reports of visitation panels to federal universities and distortions in salary payment challenges.

 

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