Report reaching liveschoolnews domain dictate that, Negotiations between the FG and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will continue on Monday the 15th of July 2013 according to press reports during the weekend.
The last meeting between both parties which ended in dead luck early this week was reported that the University team led by Professor Nasir Fagge walked out of the meeting after the Negotiating team from the Federal Government reportedly asked them to excuse for a moment while they have a private conversation with their other counterpart: ASUP.
Meanwhile, Mr. Fagge said the union does not owe the legislator any apologies for Tuesday’s failed negotiation. The lawmakers had described the lecturers as “snubs” for allegedly walking out on them.
“It is arrogant of them to snub us knowing that this meeting is in the interest of our children. I suggest that a strong-worded letter be written to the union to tell them that we are not happy with their action,” said House of Representative member, Jerry Alagbaoso (PDP-Imo).
However, Mr. Fagge said they never met the legislators so it was wrong for them to say that ASUU representatives walked out on them. “How can you walk out from a meeting if you’re not in the same place with the other party?” he asked. “Unless my understanding of English is faulty, you can walk out on somebody when you’re at the same place at the same time.
They were having their meeting in the committee’s room; we were at Uche Chukwumerijie’s (senate committee on education chairman) office. They kept uswaiting for two hours thirty minutes. How could we have walked out on them? So, if we didn’t walk out on them there is no basis of demanding for an apology,” he said.
ASUU declared an indefinite strike last Tuesday based on the refusal of government to honour the terms of a 2009 agreement and a 2012 memorandum of understanding it signed with the lecturers for improved welfare and increased funding for universities.
Another meeting has been scheduled to hold on Monday 15th of July 2013 and we anticipate a positive outcome as ASUU’s counterparts in the Education sector (ASUP) has called off their one month old strike after their Tuesday meeting with the FG during the week.