Saturday, December 31, 2011

FG, ASUU negotiations to end soon - minister

The Minister of Labour and
Productivity, Chief Chukwuemeka
Wogu, has raised hopes of
universities across the country
reopening in January.
Briefing newsmen in Aba, Abia,

yesterday, Wogu said that
negotiations between the Federal

Government and the Academic
Staff Union of Universities (ASUU)

over the lingering industrial
dispute would be resolved soon.
He said the Federal Government
had been meeting with ASUU
since the strike commenced early
in the month, while promising
that by January, an agreement
would be reached.
According to him, not getting the
lecturers back to the classrooms
is the main problem.
Wogu said the government was
looking critically and taking
holistic approach to the
contentious issues with a view to
resolving them.
“It is not that the government has been keeping quiet since the
present strike began; we’ve been
meeting with representatives of
ASUU and hopefully, by January,
an agreement will be reached.
“But getting the lecturers back to
lecture rooms is the problem. We
want to look critically at those
things that led to the strike in the
first place to deal with them so
that they will not re-occur,” he

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