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In order to encourage the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), to call off its nationwide strike, the federal government has promised to release N20 billion to the Union and to encourage it to return to the negotiation table.

The development follows the indefinite strike embarked upon by the union late Sunday night, after its National Executive Council NEC meeting held in Akure, Ondo State.

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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu; at a briefing in his office yesterday, attributed the delay in meeting some of the demands projected by ASUU on weak financial base of the federal government, noting that previous administrations made bogus promises to the academic unions when the economy was quite buoyant.

ASUU’s current strike is predicated on delays in implementing the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) all parties allegedly agreed to in the year 2017, including to compel government to conclude the renegotiation of other agreements also collectively reached in 2009.

National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi while announcing the commencement of the strike had re-echoed the insincerity of government in meeting their demands.

Ogunyemi had said, “Having waited patiently for action and meaningful negotiation with reasonable men using the principle of collective bargaining that ASUU at its NEC meeting of 3rd and 4th November 2018 at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA) resolved to resume the nationwide strike action it suspended in September 2017 with immediate effect.

“This strike will be total comprehensive and indefinite. Our members shall withdraw their services until government fully implement all outstanding issues as contained in the MOA of 2017, and concludes the renegotiation of the 2009 agreements.

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