The Federal Government of Nigeria has resumed re-negotiation of the 2009 Agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in a bid to finalise all outstanding negotiation with the Union and to meet all the demands of the Union.

This was disclosed by Dr Wale Babalakin, the Chairman, Federal Government re-negotiation team when he addressed newsmen in Abuja, on Wednesday, after a meeting with the Union that lasted six hours.

He revealed that he was hopeful the negotiation would yield positive results.

Dr Babalakin also revealed that the ASUU team had presented more than 20 issues that were being looked into to ensure stability in the university system, and that both sides were determined to put an end to the lingering problems in the system.

Below is an extract of Dr Babalakin’s statement;

“We resumed our renegotiation today. The government team and ASUU were appropriately represented and we had positive discussions.
“We are actually hopeful that we are on a positive path to finalising the negotiation.”
“There were very hectic discussions on topical issues and both sides had extensive contributions for the benefit of the university system.”
“It is the same negotiation, we had an interim discussion, that is over now and we are back to where we left off. So it is a continuous negotiation.”
“ASUU submitted its timetable today and there are more than 20 issues in that timetable, it is not a single issue, but they will all be discussed.’’

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