FG inaugurates Team For Renegotiation Of 2009 Agreement With Campus-based Unions

The Minister of Education Mallam Adamu Adamu has  inaugurated  the
reconstituted of the Federal Government Team for the renegotiation of the 2009Agreements between the Federal Government of  Nigeria and University-based Unions as approved by President Muhammadu  Buhari. 

ADAMU ADAMU, Education Minister

While inuagurating the team Wednesday in Abuja the Minister said  significant progress has  been made as most of the residual issues contained in the 2009 agreement between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU  reached with the previous administration has been resolved even  as he assures  that public institutions across the country will soon reopen for academic activities. 
”Let me re-affirm the commitment of the present administration to findinglasting solutions to the challenges confronting the education sector, and most especially, the university sub-sector.”

Adamu reiterated that ”Government is determined to, within available resources, provide the requisite environment, infrastructure as well as improve the conditions of service for all categories of staff in Nigerian universities”.

He expressed worry, about the vicious cycle over the years of the myriad of industrial actions by one staff union or the other the cumulative effect he said has been the obvious loss of productive and precious man-hours direly needed by the universities to fulfil their tripod mandates of teaching, research and community action. All these he said have impacted negatively onour learning outcomes and the reputation of the Nigerian brand, which hitherto was the pride of the nation.

The FGN team is expected to take another look at the 2009 Agreements reached with the university-based Unions and work with each Union towards makingfar-reaching recommendations that would reposition the Nigerian universitysystem.

The terms of reference of the team are:* to re-negotiate the residual issues in the 2009 Agreements between theFederal Government of Nigeria and the university-based unions, towardsa workable and implementable agreement between both parties, such that will facilitate a repositioning of Nigerian universities for greaterresponsibilities in national development.

* Propose and prescribe short, medium and long-term measures for thesustainable funding and management of Federal universities, in order torestore lasting peace, stability, harmony and progress in the Nigerianuniversity System; and

* Make any other recommendations, as may be necessary, to ensure therealistic implementation of future agreements, by all stakeholders.

The Federal Government Team, which is categorised into substantive members.advisers and observers, is led by Professor Emeritus Munzali M. Jibril,  other  advisers are:Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Executive Secretary, Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund),  Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities(CVC),  Chairman, Committee of Vice-Chancellors of State-owned UniversitiesChairman, Association of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (ARNU), Secretary, Association of Registrars of Nigerian Universities (ARNU),Chairman, Association of Bursars of Nigerian Universities (ABNU), andSecretary, Association of Bursars of Nigerian Universities (ABNU)The observer category is composed of representatives from the:Federal Ministry of Labour and Productivity,  Federal Ministry of Education, Federal Ministry of Finance and Budget Planning,  Federal Ministry of Justice, Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission, and Office of Head of Civil Service of the Federation.

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