Government, non-academics reach ‘agreement’

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Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige has said the Federal Government has reached what it called an agreement with the leadership of Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non Academic Staff Union of Universities and Allied Institutions (NASU) to call of their strike.

Ngige said agreements were reached by parties with timelines, which were documented as Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

There is however no indication that both parties have signed such agreement.

The Minister said the MoU was given to leaders of the two unions to go and consult with their members with a view to calling off the strike latest by Monday, February 15, 2021.

The unions, under the Joint Action Committee, commenced an indefinite strike last week Friday over the failure of the federal government to resolve issues in the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System.

They are also protesting the sharing formula of the N40 billion earned academic allowances and non-payment of arrears of the new minimum wage, among others.

The Minister, in a statement by the Deputy Director, Press and Public Relations, Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment, Charles Akpan, denied media reports that the meeting ended in a deadlock.

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