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Lai Mohammed brief on meeting with ASUU says Issue not simple as it seems

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The Federal Government (FG) has provided manifestations that the continued squabble between it and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is complex.

Lai Mohammed, who is the Minister of Information and Culture, explained this on Wednesday after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting headed by President Muhammadu Buhari.

He noted that despite the complicatedness, a lot is being achieved behind the public to settle the matters.

Lai asserted that the FG is interested in the prolonged problems with the lecturers and will proceed to work to find a quick resolution to the faceoff.

Recall ASUU entered its latest nationwide strike since February 14 over issues concerning the adoption of the non-payment of salaries, Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS), allowances, and poor funding of universities among others.

Officials of the union continued their negotiations on Monday as part of moves to stop the four-month-old strike.

The meeting between the striking lecturers and the Professor Nimi Briggs Committee, however, ended without a concrete agreement as members planned to reconvene within 24 hours to consider a draft agreement.

Talks between both parties were held at the Nigeria University Commission (NUC) in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT).

A senior member of the union, who attended the meeting, informed newsmen that they arrived at some agreements with the Federal Government but members had to take a break and reconvene within 24 hours to contemplate the new terms in the draft agreement.

The FG set up the committee overseen by Professor Briggs on March 7 with a three-month mandate to renegotiate the 2009 ASUU/Federal Government agreement.

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