Contrary to reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has taken over negotiation with Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, his spokesman, Laolu Akande has dismissed the report saying the Vice President has not taken over federal government’s negotiation with ASUU.
Mr. Laolu Akande, Senior Special Assistant to the Vice President on Media and Publicity, made this known on Friday, in a message he posted on his twitter handle, @akandeoj.
“News reports that Vice President Osinbajo has taken over ASUU negotiations is untrue and inaccurate. Labour and Education Ministers will continue to lead the talks,” Akande wrote.
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It will be recalled that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, had on Wednesday’s Federal Executive Council meeting given said that Osinbajo had taken over the negotiation while briefing the State House correspondent. He had said a meeting would be held in the Vice President’s office after which they will get back to ASUU for another round of meeting.
But Akande described the media reports that the Vice President had taken over the negotiation as untrue and inaccurate. He said Ngige and the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu, would continue to lead the negotiation.