The Wednesday meeting between the federal government and Academic Staff Union of Universities has ended without a resolution.
ASUU in March declared an indefinite strike following the lecturers’ opposition to the federal government’s move to enforce the use of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).
The strike action is also to compel the federal government to implement the agreements and resolutions reached in the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, as well as the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) and the 2017 Memorandum of Action (MoU).
In order to resolve the issues that led to the strike, both parties have been holding meetings.
On Wednesday, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu and the Executive Secretary of National Universities Commission, Abubakar Rasheed, were absent from the meeting.
Speaking at the end of the meeting, the labour minister, Chris Ngige, said the government cannot pay the N110 billion ASUU is demanding for the revitalization of universities.
“There are three issues, revitalization fund where the government offered ASUU N20 billion as a sign of good faith based on the MoU they entered into in 2013 as a result of the renegotiation they had with the government in 2009,” he said.
Mr Ngige said the government is still committed to the revitalization of public universities.
While we are giving them offers of some fund, this government is not against revitalization but this government says that because of dire economic situation, because of COVID-19, we cannot really pay the N110 billion which they are demanding for revitalization,” he said.
Source: Premium Times