Nigeria’s Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, has taken over the negotiation team of the Federal Government in the ongoing negotiation with the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU which are currently on strike.
ASUU, on August 13, began a nationwide strike over failure of the government to implement an agreement it reached with the union in 2009.
Prof. Abiodun Ogunyeni who is the president of this union said they were still waiting to hear from government.
Accounding to vanguard, ASUU President, while on telephone call with Vanguard said, “Nobody has told us. I am just hearing from you now until we hear from them, we know what to say. “We are waiting for them to call a meeting now and when they call a meeting we will go. “If they call a meeting we will attend in as much as it doesn’t fall within the holiday.”
According to the labour minister: “Government is leaving no stone upturned to make sure that we reach a conclusive agreement with ASUU so that they can go back to the classroom.”
He added: “At council today, the vice president has taken over some of the aspects of the negotiations and discussions, so we are continuing the meeting in his office; and when we finish meeting, we will get back to ASUU for another round of meeting. We are hopeful that we will be able to go to an appreciable extent to solve some of the outstanding issues that is preventing them from going back to work.”