The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) could not agree on Earned Allowance due to lecturers despite the Senate’s intervention, a situation which forced the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund to adjourned the peace meeting it convened indefinitely.
The yesterday’s meeting chaired by Senator Jibrin Barau had in attendance the national leadership of ASUU led by I’d national president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi; the executive secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed; and the director general of the National Pension Commission (PenCom), Mrs. Chinelo Anohu-Amazu, among others.
The meeting ended at about 8.20pm last night without a definite resolution even as the one-week warning strike embarked upon by ASUU since last Wednesday will end today.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, Senator Barau, who is chairman of the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund, said the peace meeting agreed on all issues at stake except the one on ‘earned allowance’, hence the meeting was called off for further engagements among all parties.
Recall that the Senate had on Tuesday, November 15, 2016 resolved to mandate Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to intervene in the looming industrial action with the aim of averting the strike.
After the first meeting held behind-closed-doors the next day after the Senate’s resolution at the Senate President’s Meeting Room 301 at the New Wing of the National Assembly Complex last week, all parties were upbeat on the quick resolution of the crisis in the tertiary education sector.
The National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU had earlier rose from its meeting on Saturday November 13, 2016 with a resolution to embark on the one-week warning strike starting from Wednesday, November 16, 2016 over the Federal Government’s failure to implement the 2009 Agreement and 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) they both entered into, among other demands.
Meanwhile, ASUU president declined comment as the union’s delegation to the meeting quietly walked away without talking to journalists, who had laid siege on the meeting’s venue.