The Academic Staff Union of Universities members are reportedly meeting the Federal Government again over the ongoing ASUU strike.
A source who spoke with Punch correspondent said that the union members met at the University of Abuja on Saturday, August 26 to discuss suspending the strike based on Government offer.
According to Punch, the FG had offered to pay N23b and a monthly payment of N1.5bn pending the outcome of the forensic audit being carried out by the Ministry of Finance at the meeting on Saturday.
The source who spoke with Punch said, “The ASUU meeting which held last Saturday at UniAbuja discussed the offers made by the government and whether the strike should be called off on the basis of the offers made by the government.
“It was decided that ASUU might seek an audience with the government this week to negotiate further concessions before the strike is called off.”
Although the Federal Government reportedly offered to pay N23b to fulfil part of the agreement it had with the union in 2010, it has not been established if the Government had made the payment to the union or not.
However, Punch reported that lecturers that were employed after 2010 would not benefit from the N23bn Earned Academic Allowances released by the Federal Government.
The ASUU strike started on Sunday, August 13, 2017, following the announcement by its National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, at a meeting of the National Executive Council of the union in Abuja.