The Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday set up a seven-man committee for the purpose of renegotiating its 2009 agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Univeersities (ASUU).
Mallam Adamu Adamu, the education minister, during the inauguration of the committee gave a deadline of three months to renegotiate the agreement with ASUU.
The committee headed by the Pro-Chancellor, Alex Ekweme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Emeritus Prof. Nimi Briggs, includes the Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Lokoja, Sen. Chris Adighije, representing South East, and Prof. Olu Obafemi from the North-Central.
The Pro-Chancellor, Kano State University of Science and Technology, Prof. Zubairu Iliyasu, representing the North West; and the Pro-Chancellor, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, and Mathew Seiyefa from the South-South are the other members of the committee.
According to the minister, the committee is saddled with the responsibility of reviewing the draft-proposed Federal Government/ASUU agreement and release a result in three months.
The committee would also renegotiate the 2009 agreements with other university-based unions in feasible terms, and recommend other matters relevant to the readjustment of the Nigerian University System (NUS) for global race.
He futher explained that the Federal Government would consult and relate with necessary stakeholders to conclude on its stand on matters concerning the draft proposed FGN/ASUU Renegotiated Agreement.
”You will recall that the re-negotiation of the 2009 agreements between the Federal Government and the University-Based Staff Unions (ASUU, SSANU, NAAT and NASU) commenced on Monday, Feb.13, 2017.
“However, due to a number of unforeseen circumstances, including but not limited to the COVID-19 pandemic, the exercise has, unfortunately, dragged on till now.
“There is no gainsaying that the earnest desire of every stakeholder in the Nigerian University System (NUS) and, indeed, the nation at large is to conclude this re-negotiation within the shortest possible period.
“Therefore, I wish to specially appeal to this committee to double its effort towards concluding the assignment and producing a realistic and workable draft agreements that would tackle the challenges confronting the NUS and reposition it,” the minister explained.