The Academic Staff union of Universities, ASUU, and the federal government negotiating team are meeting this afternoon to sort out what the union described as ’’grey areas’’ that arose from the offer made by government to the union last week, which has been deliberated upon at the various zonal levels and by the National Executive Council, last Friday evening
Speaking shortly after their meeting in Abuja over the weekend, the President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi told Daily Times, the union is yet to call off its industrial action not until after today’s meeting, to sort out outstanding differences in the offer by government alongside the various positions collated from the meetings held by the zonal and national levels of the union
He said’’ we are still trying to iron out some grey areas with government. Once we finish doing that we will address the press.’’
Also at the Friday closed-door meeting with the representatives of the federal government held at the Federal Ministry of Labour premises, the union briefed the government on the outcome of the congresses by its various chapters.
Recall that the various chapters of ASUU had held congresses to review the offer of the federal government and decide whether or not to suspend their strike. Some of the branches wanted the strike suspended while others voted for a continuation.
However, Samuel Olowookere, the spokesperson of the Ministry of Labour and Employment confirmed today’s meeting scheduled to hold by 3pm, during a chat with newsmen
The lecturers had down tools for over a month now, over several issues including non-payment of due salaries and allowances and poor funding of universities.
Meanwhile students of tertiary institutions that were forced home by the strike action, are anxiously waiting for the announcement of the suspension of the action this week to enable them return to complete their second semester examination
Emeka Julius who is presently a third year student of Business Administration, University of Abuja, who spoke exclusively to Daily Times, urged the union to quickly resolve its differences with government, so that they can return to classes.