Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, has said the federal government is bracing up for its next negotiation meeting with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, as the ongoing nationwide strike enters the second week.
Scooper had earlier reported that the National President of ASUU, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi on November 5 called for an indefinite strike involving both the federal and state-owned universities.
The strike follows allegation of failure by the Federal Government to implement Memorandum of Action (MOA) 2017 signed with it.
While declaring the strike in Akure, Ogunyemi said “ Having waited patiently for action and meaningful negotiation with reasonable men using the principle of collective bargaining.
Osinbajo who spoke at a town hall meeting organized by Act Now, a non-political group aimed at promoting transparency and good governance, in Abuja on Monday said “the next meeting is on Thursday, November 15, 2018”.
He, however, explained that “We are dealing with a population of about 200 million people who depend on a budget of about N8.6 trillion and of that amount, 70% of it goes to salaries and overheads, and it goes to less than 2 million people. It is impossible to answer to all of the monetary needs of people by the size of the federal budget”.