SAN FRANCISCO, November 06, (THEWILL) – President Goodluck Jonathan has pledged to inject over N1. trillion naira into federal government owned universities as details of the meeting between government, executives of the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) and labour leaders on Monday begin to emerge.
The cash infusion which is a key component of the negotiations will see government inject N100 billion in 2013, and subsequently increase funding to N220 billion annually.
Nigerian public universities have been shut for over four months following the dispute and government expects leaders of the universities’ union to accept the deal which is in line with a contentious deal both parties reached in 2009.
The teachers had embarked on strike following the neglect and decay of infrastructure in federal government owned universities coupled with government’s indifference in the implementation of previous deals on funding the institutions reached by both parties.
After the meeting, the union through its President Dr. Nassir Faggae told reporters that the leaders would table government’s offer before its National Executive Council where a final position will be adopted.
When pressed for details of the deal, Faggae declined to comment.
The Monday night meeting was attending by President Jonathan, Vice President Namadi Sambo, Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, SGF Anyim Pius Anyim, Labour Minister, Supervising Minister of Education and other government representatives.
ASUU went into the meeting with Professor Abdulahi Sule-Kano, Professor Dipo Fashina, Professor Festus Iyayi, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, Professor Victor Osodeke, Professor Suleiman Abdul, Dr. Victor Igbum, Mr. Michael Odunmoraye, President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Abdulawahid Omar and Bobboi Kaigama of the Trade Union Congress.