ASUU still consulting, no decision yet – Prof. Ogunyemi

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities said conferences are as yet progressing on the following line of activity over the offers made by the Nigerian government for it to end its eight-month strike.

The ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, expressed this in a talk with newsmen on Tuesday.

He said the association is as yet counseling its individuals and will return to the public authority soon.

He stated: “We have what the public authority is offering and have communicated the equivalent to our individuals cross country and we are counseling on what the following line of activity will be. You realize a tree doesn’t make a backwoods and our association is majority rule in nature and practice”.

He also added that “As for how long the consultation would take, I cannot say but it may go beyond this week. Whatever we decide on is definitely going to be in the national interest, the interest of our children, the interest of our members, and the good of all.”

However, The Federal Government last week pledged to pay N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalization of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion.

The FG further also agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31.

The government also accepted the demand by the ASUU that they are exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System pending the approval of their proposed payment system, the University Transparency, and Accountability Solution.

However, both parties are expected to reconvene on Friday as disclosed by the FG delegates after the previous negotiation.

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