Strike Action – ASUU Extends Appreciation to Nigerians
Members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have thanked Nigerians for understanding with them on the need to speedily resolve the issues that forced them to embark on the ongoing nationwide strike “in the best interest of Nigerian university system and for the overall development of the country.”
A statement signed by the Union’s President, Biodun Ogunyemi, states that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union has submitted the outcome of its consultations with its members to the Federal Government, concerning what the Federal Government has offered to do about the issues in dispute. The statement adds that the Union is awaiting government’s response to that submission which was made through a letter dated 28th August, 2017.
Read the statement below:
Meanwhile, today’s edition of The Guardian newspaper (Wednesday, August 30th 2017), reports that Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has stated that government would meet with the union tomorrow. The report on “No meeting, act on our demands, ASUU tells government” quotes Ngige thus: “Government as you know has made an offer to ASUU through the Ministry of Education and late Monday, ASUU got back to us with their counter offer. By then, this meeting had been scheduled and the government side needed to deliberate on their counter offer before we can have a reconciliation meeting to further discuss areas of disagreement. That is the position right now.” Ngige made that statement in denial of reports that ASUU shunned a meeting with the Federal Government.
He reportedly added: “We are holding a government side meeting, while the Minister of Education is also holding a meeting and we will meet later today and formalise our position. Wednesday is Federal Council meeting and there are aspects that we will need FEC approval to go on with. Thereafter, we will meet with the ASUU team either tomorrow (today, Wednesday) evening or Thursday morning, whichever will be more convenient.
- Cornelius Ellah