The Federal Government has inaugurated a committee to renegotiate the agreements it had with University-based unions since 1999.
The decision was said to have been sequel to controversies that have trailed the terms of the agreement between the Government and Trade Unions in the nation’s ivory towers.
The Government’s team, categorised into substantive members, advisers, and observers, is chaired by Professor Emeritus, Munzali Jibril.
The terms of reference of the team inaugurated on Wednesday, December 2, 2020, included re-negotiating the residual issues in the 2009 Agreements between the Federal Government of Nigeria and the University-based Unions towards a workable and implementable agreement between both parties, such that will facilitate repositioning of Nigerian Universities for greater responsibilities in national development.
Others are proposing and prescribing short, medium, and long-term measures for the sustainable funding and management of Federal Universities, in order to restore lasting peace, stability, harmony, and progress in the Nigerian University system; and making any other recommendations, as may be necessary, to ensure the realistic implementation of future agreements, by all stakeholders.
The Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu, performed the inauguration of the reconstituted team of the Government for the renegotiation in Abuja.
He said, “The Federal Government team is expected to take another look at the 2009 agreements reached with the University-based Unions and work with each Union towards making far-reaching recommendations that would reposition the Nigerian University system”.
The Minister said President Muhammadu Buhari has approved the reconstituted Federal Government Team for the renegotiation of the 2009 Agreements; adding that, the Federal Government and relevant stakeholders, in the past months, have been neck-deep in several meetings with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities and others, to resolve the outstanding issues that led to the current industrial action in public Universities.
Mallam Adamu reaffirmed the commitment of the Government to find a lasting solutions to the challenges confronting the education sector, and most especially, the University sub-sector.