ASUU, Senate meeting ends in stalemate, adjourned indefinitely

A second meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Senate over the ongoing strike action ended in a stalemate on Monday.

The Chairman, Senate Committee on Tertiary Education and TETFund, Jibrin Barau, while speaking with journalists said only the issue of payment of arrears was not resolved.

He said, “You can see that we’ve been talking for about eight hours. We have deliberated and, thanks to God, we have resolved all the issues; we have agreed on all issues except one. We have adjourned to make consultations.

“Every section (stakeholder) in this meeting will go back to their base or constituency and report what transpired (at the meeting) and at a later date reconvene to trash out the remaining issue. We have resolved all the issues but it remains one.”

On the last unresolved issue, he said, “It is about the earned allowances that need to be paid to the university lecturers. The government, due to paucity of fund, proposed a certain amount of money but ASUU thought otherwise; that the money was quite inadequate. The union said it was going back to its members, make consultations and get back to us. We do hope they will come back with good news.”

Barau said the meeting was adjourned indefinitely.

The Senate was unable to stop the union from embarking on a one-week warning strike last week Wednesday.

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