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General News of Tuesday, 6 September 2022


ASUU Strike: Buhari raises committee to look into demands

President Muhammadu Buhari has set up a committee to look into the demands of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The union has been on strike since February over the revitalisation of public universities, payment of earned academic allowances and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) for payment of university lecturers’ salaries, among others.

Amid the strike, the government had invoked the ‘No work, no pay’ policy, insisting that the lecturers would not be paid for the period they stayed away from work.

The lecturers had kicked against this as the strike lingered.

But at at meeting with Pro chancellors and Vice Chancellors in Abuja on Tuesday, Malam Adamu Adamu, Minister of Education, announced that the Federal Government had set up a committee to revisit the issue.

Adamu said the committee is made up of four Pro-Chancellors and four Vice Chancellors, while he is the chairman.

He said the committee is to look into the additional demands ASUU is making particularly the areas where there has not been consensus.

The minister said he would brief Buhari on the outcome of the meeting.

He noted that the committee will be looking at two major areas of contention, the ‘No Work No Pay’ and remuneration of university lecturers.

While he could not give the time frame for the committee to work, he said giving the atmosphere in the meeting, they are looking at days.

He however said they are not jettisoning the Briggs committee but that it is in continuation of what the committee did.

The minister however noted that the statement by ASUU President that the Union would no longer negotiate with the current Federal Government must be resisted.