ASUU NEC To Hold Emergency Overnight Meeting To Resolve Strike

The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disclosed that it would hold a crucial overnight meeting from Tuesday night to Wednesday to make his final decision on the lingering strike.

Recall that the federal government had commenced negotiation on Tuesday evening with the leadership of ASUU in a bid to put an end to the industrial action

DAILY GIST gathered that the NEC ASUU meeting will hold immediately after the close-door meeting with the federal government in ASUU secteriat, Abuja.

A senior officer of the union disclosed to Journalists that the meeting was convened to deliberate on the resolutions reached by the various branch congresses on recent Federal Government offers at the last negotiations.

According to him; ‘’You know that it is the branches that called for the national strike. So, whatever government brings to the negotiations table, we will refer it to them for consideration and approval.”

”It is their resolutions or inputs from the congresses that will be discussed at the NEC meeting. After the NEC meeting, our leaders will then meet government officials to state our official position. Yes, a meeting between the union and government representatives is scheduled for this week. Let Nigerians keep their fingers crossed.”

He added that the outcome of branch congresses revealed that many branches favoured the suspension of the nine-month-old strike with conditions because of the government’s attitude of not honouring previous signed agreement.

Recently, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, had announced that federal universities in the country will resume for academic activities in January 2021.

Ngige said the federal agreement had reached 98% agreement with ASUU leadership.

Meanwhile, the new leadership of the National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) this week gave the Federal Government a deadline of January 15 to resolve the issues with ASUU or face their action.

Responding to the NANS threats, Ngige disclosed that the industrial action would be called off before January 15 ultimatum given.

Ngige said, “The government would disappoint all those wishing for the protests as all the matters in dispute must have been resolved by January 15.

“Those who want to use the #EndASUU protest to destroy public and private property or lecturers’ homes will be disappointed.

Source: Daily Gists

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