STRIKE: We Did Not Reject Government's Offer - ASUU
The industrial action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is well over two months and students are still not sure of when they will return to the classroom.
Several meetings have been held between the government and the union, as the push to resolve the issue continues.
The government had made some offers, and reports followed that the union had rejected the offers.
But the the ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, said on Monday in Abuja that the union did not reject the offer of the Federal Government or make fresh demands.
The union only wants the Federal Government to show concrete evidence of commitment to agreements on meeting its demands on its on-going strike.
He said the union would communicate its decision on offers made by the government on Tuesday.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, after meeting with the union on January 5 said government was about resolving the dispute with the lecturers who embarked on strike on November 4, 2018.
Ngige said the Ministry of Finance and the Office of the Accountant- General of the Federation had provided evidence that 15.4 billion Naira for the payment of salary shortfall in public universities.
He also told reporters that there was evidence that Mr President had approved 20 billion Naira to offset the outstanding arrears of the 2009 and 2012, audit verified earnings in the university system.
Ngige, however, said the fund was being worked on and would be released to ASUU as soon as the process was complete, among other demands of the union.
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