The federal government (FG) of Nigeria has set up a 16-man committee, headed by Dr. Wale Babalakin, to renegotiate the 2009 agreement with the staff unions in the federal universities, polytechnics and colleges of education.
This was contained in a statement issued by the Director of Press of the Federal Ministry of Education Mrs Ihuoma Chinenye on Friday in Abuja.
According to the Minister of Education Malam Adamu Adamu, President Muhammadu Buhari constituted this team with a view to engendering sustainable peace and industrial harmony in tertiary institutions.
‘The 16-member team is chaired by Dr. Wale Babalakin, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN).
‘Babalakin, who was adjudged the best pro-chancellor at the time of the negotiations in 2009, headed the agreement implementation committee then,’ Adamu added.
Other members of the renegotiation team are Prof. M.M. Jibril, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Lafia; Prof. Nimi Briggs, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Lokoja.
Also in the team are: Senator Gbemisola Saraki, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Otuoke; Arc. Lawrence Ngbale, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi; Prince Alex Mbata, Pro-Chancellor, Imo State University, Owerri; Prof. OlufemiBamiro, Pro-Chancellor, Tai Solarin University of Education, Ijagun.
Representatives of Federal Ministry of Education; Labour and Employment; Finance; Justice; Budget and National Planning; the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission (NSIWC) and the Office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (OSGF).
He said that the re-negotiation team would dialogue with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU).
Others to dialogue with include National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of associated and allied institutions.
The Newsghost recalls that ASUU in November 2016 declared a one week warning strike to press home its demands and citing government’s inability to address several demands and agreements it reached with the body in 2009.