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Fed Govt, ASUU begins 2009 renegotiation agreement

Fed Govt,  ASUU begins  2009 renegotiation  agreement

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THE Federal Government has inaugurated a committee to re-negotiate the 2009 FGN/University Based Staff Unions Agreement.
Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu, who performed the inauguration yesterday in Abuja, said it was done in demonstration of the government’s commitment to fulfilling its promises.
Adamu said the team for the re-negotiation with unions from the polytechnics and colleges of education would soon be constituted as their respective governing councils are being put in place.
The minister said: “The inauguration of the re-negotiation team is significant as it confirms to the unions that government is committed to keeping its own side of the promise.
“It wants to ensure that an environment that is conducive for teaching, learning, research and community service is engendered through lasting industrial harmony in our tertiary institutions.
“Today’s inauguration kick-starts our drive for re-negotiation across the three segments of the tertiary education sub-sector – universities, polytechnics and colleges of education – starting with universities.
“The administration in the ministry and the administration in the country does not consider the unions as enemies or even opponents. As I have always said, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) and Nigerian Association of Technologists in Engineering (NATE) and all others are patriotic people who are very concerned about education because what they are struggling for is not for their personal glory or gain. Therefore, you should be facing friends who are interested in education as you are.”
Chairman of the committee Dr. Wale Babalakin said a conducive environment in the tertiary institutions would be the bedrock for growth of a nation’s intelligentsia.
Babalakin, who assured the minister that the committee would rise beyond expectations for the growth of tertiary education, appealed to the members to ensure that the task was not underestimated, but carried out with the commitment of all.

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