The National Executive Council of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, will be having a crucial meeting today (Thursday) in Abuja to decide on whether to call off their on-going strike based on the concessions offered by the Nigerian government.
The negotiation team of ASUU had on Friday requested one week to submit the government’s offers to its members for consultation and report back to government.
PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported how branches held congresses on Wednesday with varying decisions on the government offer.
A source in the union, who asked not to be named because he was not authorised to speak with journalists on the issue, informed PREMIUM TIMES that the national leadership of ASUU will meet on Thursday to decide whether the strike action be called off or continued.
“NEC will hold a decisive meeting tomorrow and will collate the outcome of all branch meetings held,” the source told PREMIUM TIMES on Wednesday.
Officials of the union contacted declined to speak on record on the likely outcome of the meeting.
The president of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi, did not pick or return calls seeking comments.
It would be recalled that the federal government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, and his Education counterpart, Adamu Adamu, had presented the federal government’s new offer to the union on Thursday last week.
ASUU had then promised to get back with a decision within a week on whether the strike will be called off or not.
ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, was quoted as saying last week: “Now we have something concrete to present to our members.”
The union declared a nationwide strike in August to protest against poor funding of varsities and issues relating to salaries.
You people should stop this meeting if there’s no result… What is this.
ASUU can continue this strike till when the government will decide to recruit hungry graduates to enter class room as lecturers. their demand and all these proud is gradually getting out of hand. soon defence minister will categorize them among terrorist group. this is academic terrorism and they don’t know it. from all indications now their initial demand have been met. in fact ASUU is association of people who hate to go to work yet earn money from the government. otherwise there is no reason they shouldn’t get back to school since Friday last week. if were FG I adop the El-Rufai style let them go hungry and see that to get job is hard. this I’d nonsense squared