ASUU: FG’s negotiating team to present Union’s demands at FEC meeting

Chris Ngige

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, has said that the demands of striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), presented in a new letter to government would be submitted to the Federal Executive Council (FEC) at its meeting today (Wednesday), in Abuja.

Ngige stated this on Tuesday, while giving update on the aborted meeting of government with ASUU.

He confirmed the receipt of ASUU’s letter and the need to present the letter to FEC today.

“The government, as you know, has made an offer to ASUU through the Ministry of Education and late yesterday (Monday), ASUU got back to us with their counter offer.

“By then, this meeting had been scheduled and the government’s side needed to deliberate on their counter offer before we can have a reconciliation meeting to further discuss areas of disagreement.

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“That is the position right now. We are holding a government side meeting, while the Minister of Education is also holding meeting and we will meet later today and formalize our position.

“Tomorrow is Federal Executive Council meeting and there are aspects that we will need FEC approval to go on with.

“Thereafter, we will meet with the ASUU team either tomorrow (today) evening or Thursday morning, which ever will be more convenient,” the Minister assured.

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