Osinbajo denies taking over ASUU negotiations

Reports that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has taken over negotiations with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the strike is “untrue,” according to his spokesperson, Laolu Akande.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, was quoted to have said after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting on Wednesday that Osinbajo will henceforth lead the Federal Government’s negotiations with ASUU.

Ngige said  “At Council today, the Vice President has taken over some of the aspects of the negotiations and discussions.”

“So we are continuing the meeting in his office, and when we finish meeting, we will get back to ASUU for another round of meeting and we are hopeful that we will be able to go to an appreciable extent to solve some of the outstanding issues preventing them from going back to work.”

However, early Friday Osinbajo retweeted a tweet by Laolu Akande, his media aide, debunking the reports.

The tweet read: “News reports that VP Osinbajo has taken over ASUU negotiations is untrue & inaccurate. Labour & Education Ministers continue to lead d talks.”

ASUU has been on strike for about two weeks demanding implementation of previous agreements, full payment of salaries and improved government funding of universities.

 

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