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- NASU to join strike soon
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and the Nigeria’s government will again meet today, Tuesday, August 29, 2017, to negotiate ways to resolving the ongoing national strike by the lecturers.
Deputy Director, Press, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Samuel Olowookere, in a communiqué confirmed the meeting late on Monday.
ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, is expected to lead a delegation of lecturers to the meeting, which is expected to take off in a few hours in Abuja
Government delegation at the meeting will include the Ministers of Education and Finance; Chairman, National Income Salaries, and Wages Commission; and the Executive Secretary, National Universities, Commission.
The President of the Nigeria Labour Congress is also expected at the meeting.
The Nigerian government said it has shown great commitment to resolving the crisis rocking the education sector and still remains committed to solving the issues that have arisen from the lecturers’ agitation
The meeting will be coming after the ASUU leadership held a meeting at the University of Abuja on Friday and Saturday where all its branch chairmen were present to discuss how best to resolve the strike.
Premium Times quoted the ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, as saying, “There is no information yet on the strike as at now,” when he’s contacted on the telephone.
It’s also reported that ASUU meeting, which ended in the late hours of Saturday, had mandated a further meeting with the federal government with a view to resolving the crisis hence prompting today’s meeting
ASUU has been protesting poor funding of universities and other related matters affecting the welfare of its members.
NASU to join strike soon
In a related development, it’s also gathered that the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, Non-Academic Staff Union and National Association of Academic Technologists are unhappy over the neglect by the FG their earlier demand.
The unions reportedly held a ‘referendum’ throughout the country on Monday to decide their fate and also the possibility of an indefinite strike action.
The unions are accusing the federal government of negotiating with ASUU alone despite their own welfare demands which have been pending over the years.
They are expected to meet again on Wednesday at the NASU Secretariat in Abuja.