ASUU: There is no agreement with the federal government yet – Osodeke

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) revealed that the body had not reached any form of agreement with the federal government before the eight-month strike was called off.

ASUU President Emmanuel Osodeke revealed this Monday during a meeting with House of Representatives leaders.

Recall that ASUU called off its eight-month strike after the Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of the National Labor Court (NIC) which ruled that teachers should return to classrooms.

However, prior to the court’s decision, the Chamber had negotiated certain agreements between the union and the executive.

At the meeting, Mr Osodeke said the teachers had acted in good faith in calling off the strike without any written agreement.

“The strike that we called off, our members did it on the basis of trust in us and the way the speaker spoke, three meetings now, it was on that basis that we were able to convince them.

“What we have agreed on the issue of IPPIS and UTAS is a temporary measure. We have been challenged to do so. We had to spend our money and our resources. In 2020, we were challenged to produce it, he said.

In his reactions to the ASUU President’s comment, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, said there was no need for the ASUU to seek a written agreement that the House is working with the executive. .

He cited the provision of 470 billion naira in the 2023 budget by President Muhammadu Buhari and the adjustment agreement of IPPIS to take into account the particularities of ASUU.

Mr. Gbajabiamila also announced that the Chamber will host an education summit to address issues facing the sector.

Also speaking, the Acting Accountant General of the Federation, Okolieaboh Sylva, said that the government is compiling the particulars of the ASUU and amending the IPPIS accordingly.

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