Strike To Continue As Meeting Between ASUU And FG Ends In Deadlock

File photo of ASUU leadership in a meeting with the Federal Government team led by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige

There appears to be no immediate end to the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) following a deadlocked meeting between its leadership and the Federal Government on Tuesday.

Vantage News had earlier reported the union would meet the meet with the Federal Government in an attempt to end the strike which is in its sixth month.

The Professor Nimi Briggs Committee represented the Federal Government in the meeting with the striking lecturers on Tuesday which was held at the National University Commission in Abuja.

It was gathered that the impasse could not be resolved because members of the Briggs renegotiation committee did not come up with any new offer on the table.

It was learned that the committee instead appealed to the lecturers to suspend the ongoing strike, promising to include their concerns in the 2023 budget.

The meeting was said to have started at about 12 pm and lasted for about three hours with no agreement reached between the two parties.

Recall that ASUU embarked on a one-month strike on February 14, 2022, over a series of disagreements with the federal government and non-implementation of agreements.

The union extended the strike on March 14 by two months.

They further extended the strike after the two months expired and now it has entered its 168th day as of August 1, 2022.

Some of the issues causing disagreement between ASUU and the federal government are the demand for the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) instead of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), payment of revitalization fund, the poor funding of universities, non-payment of salaries and allowances of some university lectures, as well as the non-payment of earned academic allowance to lecturers, among other issues.

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