The Federal Government’s efforts to make the Academic Staff Union of Universities to call off its nationwide strike failed on Thursday.
It was gathered that at a meeting with ASUU in Abuja, the Federal Government asked the lecturers to end their strike, but both parties did not agree on some issues.
ASUU consequently rejected the FG’s request to call off the strike.
the two sides were said to have failed to reach an agreement on the demand of the union that universities should be exempted from the Treasury Single Account.
ASUU had on Sunday called a nationwide strike over the failure of the Federal Government to implement the 2009 agreement between the two sides.
The ASUU president had, at a press conference on Monday, explained that the union decided on the strike after the FG failed to implement the 2009 agreement and a Memorandum of Understanding it signed with ASUU in 2013.
He listed the areas in dispute in the current industrial action to include funding for the revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, the registration of the Nigerian Universities Pension Management Company and pension matters, fractionalisation and non-payment of salaries and the issue of universities’ staff schools.