ASUU branches meet nationwide, take different stance on strike

ASUU Strike: Lecturers meet Nigerian govt delegation
ASUU Strike: Lecturers meet Nigerian govt delegation

The various local branches of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Wednesday held meetings to vote on whether or not to accept the federal government’s new offer, PREMIUM TIMES can report.

This came on the heels of an earlier report by PREMIUM TIMES where the ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi, explained that the body’s National Executive Council, NEC, was yet to meet to review the government’s offer.

The NEC meeting is expected to meet after each local branch of the union submit its stance on the ongoing strike by the lecturers.

PREMIUM TIMES gathered that the meeting is meant to arrive at two possible outcomes, to either vote for the suspension of the strike or its continuation.

Sources within ASUU told PREMIUM TIMES that lecturers at Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba voted to end the strike action., while those of Usman Dan Fodiyo University also voted to end the strike. The lecturers at the University of Lagos reportedly voted for the continuation of the strike action as at the time of filing this report.

The officials at the universities declined comment when contacted. The UNILAG-ASUU chairman, Adelaja Odukoya, confirmed that branches held their meetings on Monday; but declined to divulge the outcome of his branch’s congress.

“It is true. We held congress today although the decision we reached today is a private one,” he said.

ASUU has been on strike since August 13 to protest the poor welfare of members and the underfunding of universities.

The ASUU NEC meeting is expected to be a follow-up to the branches’ meetings after consultations. It is expected that there would be a collation of all branches ‘positions’ with a simple majority taken to decide whether or not the strike will be called off.

Despite the assurances by the Minister of Education, Adamu, on August 17 that the strike would be called off within one week, the strike has now continued for about a month.


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  • Man_Enough

    If universities lecturers had been this inconsiderate in their time, would they have become lecturers today? God will scatter them and their plans against our children.

    • sekerebukola

      Interesting perspective. Who is to blame on this ‘simple’ matter? A govt that refuses to honour an agreement or the union of the lecturers that is making efforts to save what is left of the sector? It’s so appalling that some Nigerians don’t know that the political elites cannot & should never be trusted. I will rather commend the lecturers for sustaining the struggle & pray as well as hope govt will do the needful. Remember, ASUU is not asking for a fresh agreement, but simply asking govt to implement existing 2009 pact which was renewed by an MoU signed in 2013. I urge you to be objective & dispassionate before apportioning blame.

    • yelwa

      I AM SURE THE LECTURERS ARE ON STRIKE BECAUSE THEY HAVE NO OTHER CHOICE. AFTER ALL, THEY ALSO HAVE CHILDREN IN UNIVERSITY. AGAIN, MANY OF THEM ARE STUDENTS TOO- EITHER PHD OR MASTERS.

    • Netanyahu

      Buhari apologist. We have heard you. I believe you went to university too? Go see what our universities have been turned into by useless and mindless, corrupt politicians. Why do you think a former lecturer becomes a minister and immediately forgets his constituency? Nigerian politics and politicians is a cult, irrespective of political party. Their ultimate goal is to steal and destroy. If you think they care for you and I then you must be smoking weed.

  • Ruth

    Why did they want the strike to go on? Were they not told the Federal Government is ready to release about #200bnNGN to them? ?

    • sekerebukola

      Really? You mean you simply believe these bunch of politrickians when they make empty promises? I guess you also assume once the #200bn is released, all the troubles in the universities would vanish. The solution to the perennial challenges in the university system, based on the NEEDS assessment which govt itself carried independently. #200bn was supposed to be injected into the public universities annually for six years in order to address decay in infrastructures as at 2012. Imagine that govt kept mum all these years & twas the strike that jostle them into life & forced them to the dialogue table. Let the trouble bedeviling Naija be sufficiently addressed once and for all.