Its an unfortunate situation that the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday failed to reach final agreement on issues surrounding the threat the union to call an all-out strike.
The union had on Wednesday embarked on a one week warning strike following the failure of the government to implement an agreement reached between the two parties in 2009.
The Senate President too tried to intervene and avert possible worsening of the situation but it didn’t work out.
However, at Monday’s meeting called the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund the two sides failed to agree on the issue of “earned allowance “for lecturers.
This forced the committee to adjourn the peace meeting indefinitely to allow for more consultations.
Those who were in attendance include the national leadership of ASUU led its National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Prof. Abubakar Rasheed; and the Director General of the National Pension Commission (PenCom), Mrs. Ahonu-Amazu, among others. ASUU president declined comment as the union’s delegation to the meeting quietly walked away without talking to journalists.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, Sen. Barau, who is chairman of the Committee said the meeting agreed on all issues at stake except the one on ‘earned allowance’.