Tuesday 28th March, 2017
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'Why Babalakin 'll lead FG's negotiations with ASUU, others;

'Why Babalakin 'll lead FG's negotiations with ASUU, others;

The Federal Government has given reason for appointing Dr Wale Babalakin, as the head of its 16-member team that is saddled with the responsibili­ties of renegotiating agreements earlier reached with staff unions in the federal-owned universities, colleges of education and poly­technics.
Babalakin’s appointment, ac­cording to the Minister of Educa­tion, Malam Adamu Adamu, was hinged on his previous perfor­mance as the head of implementa­tion committee of the 2009 agree­ment reached the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) when he was a pro-chancellor.
In a statement made available to The AUTHORITY, at the week­end by the Director of Press, Min­istry of Education, Mrs Chineye Ihuoma, the negotiating team was inaugurated by President Mu­hammadu Buhari with a view to engendering sustainable peace and industrial harmony in tertia­ry institutions.
Apart from ASUU, the re-ne­gotiation team will also dialogue with the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSA­NU), National Association of Ac­ademic Technologists (NAAT), among others.
Members of the team include Dr. Wale Babalakin, Chairman; Prof. M.M. Jibril, Prof Nimi Briggs, Senator Gbemisola Sara­ki, Prince Alex Mbata, and Arc. Lawrence Ngbale.
Others include Prof. Olufemi Bamiro, representatives of min­istries of education, Finance, Jus­tice, Labour and Employment; Budget and National Planning as well as representatives of the Of­fice of the Secretary to the Gov­ernment of the Federation and the National Salaries, Incomes and Wages Commission.

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