The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) has said that the union did not reach any agreement with the Federal Government to suspend its strike on the 9th of December, 2020.
According to a Statement yesterday by the National President of the Association, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU leadership did not reach any understanding with government to suspend the strike on the 9th of December, 2020, adding that there was no offer from the government as of the 27th of November, 2020 to suggest that conclusion as allegedly claimed by the Minister of Labor and Employment.
Professor Ogunyemi disclosed that the latest offer made by government include proposals on almost all items of demand by the union with timelines. Among others, the document which was signed by the Honorable Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, contained proposals on inauguration of the reconstituted FGN-ASUU Renegotiation Committee (1st December, 2020); release of details about Visitation Panels (1st December, 2020); working on the actualization of the release of the withheld salaries of ASUU members (Wednesday, December 9, 2020).
The Chairman further revealed the Clause 9 of the document which states: ‘Based on these conclusions reached on items 1-8, ASUU’s leadership would consult its organs with a view to suspending the ongoing strike.
He explained that the principal officers and trustees who constituted the core of representatives of ASUU at negotiation meetings with government were not constitutionally empowered to suspend any strike action.
Professor Ogunyemi noted that the strike was needless, if government had implemented agreements it signed with ASUU.
It would be recalled that the Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in a statement said ASUU promised to resume on the 9th of December, 2020.