ASUU backs off meeting with Nigerian govt

Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu

Credit: Punchng
Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu Credit: Punchng

The Academic Staff Union of Universities has withdrawn from a meeting with the federal government scheduled for Tuesday.

The union refused to attend the highly anticipated meeting, aimed at resolving its two-week strike, saying there is no need for the meeting since its position had already been sent to the federal government.

The meeting was confirmed in a statement issued by the Deputy Director, Press, Ministry of Labour and Employment, Samuel Olowookere, late Monday.

The statement said the government delegation at the meeting would include the Ministers of Education and Finance; Chairman, National Income Salaries, and Wages Commission; and the Executive Secretary, National Universities, Commission

But in statement signed by ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi, the lecturers explained their position.

“On Thursday 17th August 2017, we met with the Minister of Labour and Education where it was decided that we should consult our members and revert back to the government, we have consulted our members and in a letter dated 28th of August, we have written back to the federal government on the outcome of our consultations,” ASUU said.

“As we expect the federal govt reaction to our letter, we hope it would not be long before we receive a response that would be bring lasting solution to the dispute.”

Contacted by phone, the ASUU president said the union did not attend the meeting since a letter had been sent to the government detailing its position.

“We already sent them a letter, so there was no need for the meeting, what we are expecting is a reply to our letter,” he told PREMIUM TIMES.

ASUU says it wants better welfare for staff and improved funding for Nigerian universities.


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  • Mizch

    The strike gives many youths the opportunity to lazy about and be on the social media to heap insults on any one else. After all, if one can be president without a clear WAEC certificate, what is the need of a university education?

    • SeniO.

      Lol… see pot calling kettle black!

    • patriotism

      Is not possible for army general without WAEC certificate, this shows your level of reasoning. No wonder you hold the no need for university education opinion because lack it.

    • Adam B

      When your hero was there they went for six month strike…and by the way this particular strike was on the basis of non implementation of 2009 and 2013 agreement signed by your hero… Buhari is only trying to clean GEJ mess!

      • MilitaryPolice01

        Was it GEJ the ‘hero’ or UMYA the ‘hero’ that signed the 2009 one. I thought UMYA was still President as at 2009. One day you people will blame GEJ for your inability to perform your marital duties.

        • Adam B

          Oh now hero was not part of government in 2009…may I ask who was the VP to UMYA and it was a joint ticket…so he must equally took the blame for 2009 agreement as well.!

          • Mizch

            “…so he must equally TOOK the blame.”

          • MilitaryPolice01


      • Mizch

        Wailing Wailer????

    • AryLoyds

      You can say that again . Mallam Buhari was and will always be a fraud 🙂

  • Noble-E

    This is not the time for an ASUU strike. Let them be reasonable .