- There might be hope for Nigerian university students as the federal government meets with NASU
- The meeting kicked off in Abuja on Thursday, September 14, after the botched meeting of Monday, September 11
- The plan is to seek an end to a nationwide strike by the workers
The meeting between the Nigerian government and non-academic workers of universities has finally kicked off in Abuja.
It was earlier scheduled for Monday, September 11, but leaders of the workers’ unions stayed away claiming they did not receive formal invitation.
According to Premium Times, the Joint Account Committee (JAC), of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), are all at the meeting which kicked off Thursday noon, September 14 in Abuja at the ministry of labour and employment.
At a previous meeting with the unions last week, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, said: “On issues of earned allowances, staff salaries and registration of NUPEMCO, the government has gone far in the implementation."
The National President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, Ayuba Wabba, had also said: “Times without number, we have come to the same table to address these issues."
The unions stated that they were open to dialogue to end the strike.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com earlier reported that ASUU said it has agreed to consider the federal government’s offer and suspend their strike.
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This great news comes after 12 hours, 30 minutes of a closed door meeting between ASUU and a government delegation in Abuja which started 1:38pm on Thursday, September 7 and ended 2:15 a.m. on Friday, September 8.
Watch this NAIJ.com video as Nigerians speak on the ASUU strike: