Senate/ASUU meeting ends in deadlock

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SIX days after a meeting between the Senate and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU ended in stalemate, a renewed of same to nip in the bud, ongoing warning strike, again ended in deadlock yesterday. At the end of the 8 hours meeting which ended 8.32 pm yesterday, there was however no concrete agreement between the University lecturers and the lawmakers.

Senator Jibrin Barau, the chairman of the Senate committee on tertiary education and TETFund, said: “You can see we have spent about 8 hours in this very important meeting. We have deliberated and, thanks to God, we have dealt with all the issues and we have agreed on all the issues except one. We have adjourned to make consultations, every sections of the meeting will get back to his constituency and report to it what transpired. At a later date we will reconvene to thrash out the remaining issues.”

The last unresolved issue turned to be unpaid salaries and allowances of the lecturers.

Mr Barau added: “It is about the earned allowances that need to be paid to the university lecturers. The government, due to paucity of fund, proposed a certain amount of money but ASUU founn the sum was quite inadequate. The union said it was going back to its members, make consultations and get back to us. We do hope they will come back with good news.” The meeting was adjourned indefinitely.

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