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ASUU Strike Update: Outcome Of January 21st FG-ASUU Meeting

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said that it will not suspend the ongoing strike action until the Federal Government meets its demand on revitalization. This was coming after the meeting with the Federal Government held on Monday night at the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Abuja

ASUU delegation led by the president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi arrived at the venue some minutes before 4:00 p.m. However, the meeting did not commence until 5:25 pm and was declared open by Mr Ngige.

Speaking after the meeting which lasted about four hours, ASUU president, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, told newsmen that the the union has not suspended the strike and that the meeting ended with grey areas to be resolved.

He mentioned that before the strike can be suspended, the most critical area that FG must address is revitalization. He stressed that the revitalization is central to our academic work and unless that area is addressed, the union will still have issues with FG.

Hee added that the union is not demanding for N50bn, but rather, that the minimum FG can release to reactivate revitalization fund is N50bn.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on the other hand said that the FG  has  made substantial commitment to ASUU demands as some agreements have been reached in seven areas and most of the issues have been resolved but ASUU will need to consult its members and the FG will meet with the leadership of the union again when they are ready.

He added that although he had expected a marathon session with ASUU because President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered him to ensure that all issues relating to the strike were resolved, the meeting ended early.

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