he Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has said it would not participate in any further talk with the federal government.
ASUU explained that it had since rounded off a negotiation with the government concerning its demands.
We have nothing to negotiate with the government
It would be recalled that the federal government reconstituted a 7-member committee to renegotiate the 2009 demands of ASUU.
Reacting to the development, the President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said ASUU was waiting for the government to implement its demands so that lecturers go return to the classroom.
“We don’t know what they (federal government) are talking about, we have nothing to negotiate with the government. As far as we are concerned, we have concluded negotiation with the government,” he said.
Recall that the federal government had earlier announced the reconstitution of a team to renegotiate the 2009 agreement with ASUU.
Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, who reconstituted the renegotiation team in Abuja, explained that the action was to “speedily bring to a conclusion, all outstanding issues in the 2009 agreement to achieve the desired industrial peace on our campuses.”
The chairman and members of the reconstituted 2009 FGN/University-Based Unions Agreements Re-negotiation Team has Prof. Emeritus Nimi Briggs-(Pro-Chancellor, Alex Ekwueme Federal University, Ndufu-Alike Ikwo), as chairman; Lawrence Patrick Ngbale-(Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Wukari, as member representing North East and Prof. Funmi Togunu-Bickersteth-(Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi as a member, representing South West.
Other members are Sen. Chris Adighije- (Pro-Chancellor, Federal University. Lokoja as a member, representing southeast; Prof. Olu Obafemi -(Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, member, representing North-Central; Prof. Zubairu Iliyasu-(Pro-Chancellor, Kano State University of Science & Technology as a member, representing North West and Barr. Matthew Seiyefa, (Pro-Chancellor, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island as a member, representing South-South.
The Federal Ministry of Education, in a statement to this effect, through its Director of Press, Bem Goong, said,” The team will be inaugurated by the Minister on Monday, the 7th of March, 2022 at the Minister’s Conference room, headquarters of the Federal Ministry of Education, Abuja by noon.
“All advisers and observers in the Federal Government/University-based Unions 2009 agreements Re-negotiation Team are expected to attend the inauguration,” the statement said.