Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday  tabled more than 20 demands as the union resumed fresh negotiations with federal government on the 2009 agreement.

Wale Babalakin, the chairman of the federal government re-negotiation team disclosed this while fielding questions from newsmen in Abuja shortly after the meeting that lasted about six hours.

Babalakin said the ASUU team had presented more than 20 issues that were being deliberated upon to ensure stability and purpose in the university system.

He expressed optimism that meeting would yield positive results as both sides were determined to put an end to the lingering problems in the system.

“We resumed our renegotiation today. The government team and ASUU were appropriately represented and we had positive discussions,” he said.

“We are actually hopeful that we are on a positive path to finalising the negotiation.

“There were very hectic discussions on topical issues and both sides had extensive contributions for the benefit of the university system.

“It is the same negotiation, we had interim discussion, that is over now and we are back to where we left off. So it is a continuous negotiation.

“ASUU submitted its timetable today and there are more than 20 issues in that timetable, it is not a single issue, but they will all be discussed.’’

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