ASUU RESOLVES CONTENTIOUS ISSUES OVER STRIKE PUAH OMOTUEME The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities have agreed on some demands of the union in efforts to resolve the strike by the lecturers. This agreement was made in a meeting which started at 1.30pm and ended at 11pm on Thursday, 7th September, 2017 when both parties were initially adamant to shift grounds on some contentious issues. According to Journalistic report, it was said that a memorandum has been signed by both ASUU and the government. In attendance from the government’s was the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu and the Minister of State for Education, Prof. Anthony Anwuka. The ASUU nine-man delegation was conducted by the union President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi. Earlier in the meeting, the education minister, Adamu, pointed out the controversial issues as earned academic allowances and the renaissance of public universities. In his very words “Most of the issues between the government and the union have already been dealt with. Now, the two most important and contentious issues are the earned allowances and the recovery of the university system. “Already, we have reached an agreement on one and we hope to reach another,” He said. In accordance to the ministers speech, the labour minister, Ngige, said the meeting would “break down specific areas of doubt between the government and its union. In his voice, “in our last meeting which was held on the 17th of August, it was agreed that you will get back to your members and you will issue your proposal to us, but since then a lot of things have happened of which some contacts and meetings were held between you and the Minister of Education. “Some appreciable and tangible results though were achieved. We therefore, are convening this meeting with this in mind; to smooth the rough edges and enable you to call off this strike, which will be one month in few days. This will not foretell well in the academic calendar of our universities. “We ought to address and break down the areas of mistrust between us.” He added. The ASUU President, Ogunyemi stated in his word, “Once we are able to resolve the contentious issues, we are willing to return to our members and take the final decision on this action.” As of the time of filing this report, the communiqué between the two parties were yet to be released to journalists.