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Again, FG’s meeting with ASUU ends in deadlock

FEC approves no work, no pay principle during strike

Again, a meeting between the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and Federal Government has ended in a deadlock meaning the industrial action the union embarked on one month ago lingers on.

The meeting which took place at the Ministry of Education failed to resolve the issue raised by the union which includes reconstruction of the committee to renegotiate the agreement between the union and government among others.

Asuu embarked on the strike on November 4 over the poor funding of Nigerian universities and non-implementation of previous agreements by the government.

National President of Asuu, Prof Biodun Ogumyemi told newsmen after the meeting that both sides were yet to arrive at a compromise.

He said “For now, we have started to discuss, we are yet to reach any concrete decision. Once we have more information, we will make ourselves available to the press.”

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Ogumyemi said the meeting will reconvene very soon to continue negotiations, but was not definite.

The government’s representative at the meeting included the education minister, Adamu Adamu; the permanent secretary of the education ministry, Sunny Echono; a representative of National Universities Commission and a representative from the National Income, Wages and Salaries Commission.

The government had issued a no work no pay directive to Vice Chancellors but that was later withdrawn at the last minute.

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