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FG Begin Fresh Negotiations With ASUU On 2009 Deal



ASUU, FG To Meet Over Strike Today

Fresh re-negotiations between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has begun on the 2009 agreement.

Dr Wale Babalakin, the Chairman, Federal Government re-negotiation team, who spoke at a meeting held today in Abuja, expressed hope that the meeting they had would produce positive results.

He said that more than 20 issues were presented by the ASUU team for scrutiny to ensure stability in the university system.

He said that both sides were determined to put an end to the lingering problems in the system.

We resumed our renegotiation today. The government team and ASUU were appropriately represented and we had positive discussions.

“We are actually hopeful that we are on a positive path to finalising the negotiation.

“There were very hectic discussions on topical issues and both sides had extensive contributions for the benefit of the university system.

“It is the same negotiation, we had an interim discussion, that is over now and we are back to where we left off. So it is a continuous negotiation.

“ASUU submitted its timetable today and there are more than 20 issues in that timetable, it is not a single issue, but they will all be discussed,’’ Babalakin said.