Abuja – The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) on Wednesday urged the Federal Government to implement the 2009 agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the protracted strike by the union.
This is contained in a statement signed by CNPP’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Osita Okechukwu, a copy of which was made available to newsmen in Abuja.
It said, “CNPP is appalled with the statement from the Presidency to the effect that they are re-negotiating the 2009 agreement captured in the 2012 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) instead of implementing the agreement with ASUU
“It was unfortunate that the Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu, had said that the 2009 agreement predates the present administration and some items needed to be re-negotiated if it is to be satisfactorily implemented.
“CNPP is of the candid view that government is a continuum.
“We call on the president to implement forthwith the more important and crucial items in the MoU and the 2009 Agreement.”
According to CNPP, the important items in the MoU include the stimulation of the university system with N100 billion annually.
“We join the League of Patriots on the truism that the implementation of the above items is feasible, especially when the Federal Government controls 52 per cent of the collected revenue.”
The conference also tasked the Federal Government to tackle corruption and recover looted funds to fund the country’s social services and critical infrastructure. (NAN)