ASUU Strike Continues as Union Rejects Buhari’s Plea
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has rejected the Federal Government’s Plea to back down from its ongoing strike.
The union met with FG officials on Thursday night to discuss ending the ASUU strike but the meeting ended in a deadlock.
President Buhari had appealed to ASUU to end the strike so students can get back to school.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disclosed that it has rejected the Federal Government’s request to end the ongoing strike. The Union is set to carry on with the industrial action, according to a statement released on Friday morning.
This decision comes after news that the FG and ASUU resumed negotiations on Thursday night over the resolution of the strike. President Muhammadu Buhari had ordered his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, and the Minister for Labour and Employment, Chis Ngige to head the FG’s delegation during negotiations to end the ASUU strike.
Speaking to the media after the meeting, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige said that he considered it a fruitful negotiation.
“We have reached some agreements and we hope that by next week, those agreements will be maturing and the different unions will have something to tell their members so that they can call off the strike.
The minister also disclosed that both parties have put timelines for some aspects such as the renegotiation of the 2009 condition of service agreement and wage review. He added that he is hopeful that by next weekend, negotiations for those areas will be concluded.
On Monday, the University union extended the ASUU strike, which began on February 14, by another 12 weeks. It continues to demand the revitalization of government universities, academic allowances, promotion arrears, and many others.