Why ASUU is yet to call off strike –Prof Ogunyemi


President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, on Saturday said the university lecturers were yet to call off their one-month old strike because it was still ironing out some grey areas in the agreement with the federal government.

This is just as indications emerged that ASUU may call off the strike this week.

The federal government had promised to meet demand of ASUU with release of about N220 billion not later than October 2017 to fund the revitalisation of federal universities as well as pay shortfall of salaries and accumulated allowances.

Ogunyemi said: “We are still trying to iron out some grey areas with the government. Once we finish doing that, we will address the press.”

It was gathered ASUU’s leadership had another meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige last Friday to report the decisions of its members in accordance with the agreements between both parties.

At a conciliatory meeting with government, the union had agreed to go back to its member to take a decision on the offer of government and revert back with a view to calling off or suspending the strike.

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Ngige told newsmen after the meeting:  “Most of these issues stemmed from the 2009 agreement that government had with ASUU and also from the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding that the government had with ASUU.

“Government is a continuum. Most of those issues were not issues that cropped up from the Buhari administration, we inherited them.

“Based on these discussions, ASUU leadership will consult with its organs and revert back to government within one week.