The Federal Government of Nigeria on Monday March 7, inaugurated a seven-person committee to renegotiate the 2009 agreement reached with the Academic Student Union of Universities (ASUU) this is coming three weeks after the unions begins one month warning strike.
The new committee to renegotiate with the union is chaired by Pro-Chancellor, Alex Ekweme Federal University Ndufu-Alike, Emeritus Professor Nimi Briggs.
Other members of the committee are Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Wukari, Arc. Lawrence Patrick Ngbale, who represents North East; Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Birnin Kebbi, Prof. Funmi Togunu-Bickersteth, representing South West and Pro-Chancellor, Federal University, Lokoja, Senator Chris Adighije, representing South East, Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Minna, Prof. Olu Obafemi from North-Central; Pro-Chancellor, Kano State University of Science & Technology, Prof. Zubairu Iliyasu, representing North West; and Pro-Chancellor, Niger Delta University, Wilberforce Island, Mathew Seiyefa from South-South.
The Committee, which is expected to review the draft proposed FGN/ASUU Agreement, has three nonths and the following Terms of Reference:
a. Liaise and consult with relevant stakeholders to finalise the position of the Federal Government to the issues in the draft proposed FGN/ASUU Renegotiated Agreement;
b. Renegotiate in realistic and workable terms the 2009 Agreements with other University-Based Unions;
c. Negotiate and recommend any other issue the Committee deems relevant to reposition the NUS for global competitiveness; and
d. Submit proposed draft agreements within three (3) months from the date of inauguration.