The presidency says Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is not heading a federal government delegation to resolve the ASUU impasse with the federal government
ASUU has been on strike for 2 weeks now over failure of the government to keep to agreements signed with the union in the past
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had told State House Correspondents at the post-Federal Executive Council briefing that Osinbajo would lead negotiations with the striking lecturers to reach an agreement speedily.
The Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Laolu Akande, however through his twitter handle described the report as “untrue and inaccurate.”
News reports that VP Osinbajo has taken over ASUU negotiations is untrue & inaccurate. Labour & Education Ministers continue to lead d talks
— Laolu Akande (@akandeoj) August 31, 2017
He emphasised that Ngige and the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, continued to lead the discussion on the strike action.
ASUU, on August 13, began a nationwide strike over failure of the government to implement an agreement it reached with the union in 2009.
The union also alleged that the Federal Government did not implement the Memorandum of Understanding both sides signed in 2013.
ASUU, in a statement on Tuesday, said it would call off its strike after receiving a positive response to its demands from the Federal Government.
But what begs the question is why the back and forth has become an option in this situation?
Are both parties aware that even more at stake, is the future of the students whose academic schedules have been thwarted yet again because of these unwanted pauses?
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