The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disclosed that the union will meet with the Federal Government on Friday to avert another round of strike in federal universities.
This was disclosed by the National President, ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke. According to him, the union was invited by the Ministry of Labour to discuss issues surrounding the Memorandum of Action, which was signed with the Federal Government in December 2020 but is yet to be fully implemented.
He said, “The Ministry of Education, which is our ministry, has not called us to any meeting since we signed the Memorandum of Action. But the Ministry of Labour, which is just an intervention ministry, around March/April called us to a meeting in which we discussed and they promised to implement all those things.
“Three weeks ago, we met with the Minister of Labour, who said we should give him two weeks and he has finally invited us to a meeting on Friday. The spokesman for the Ministry of Education, Goon, has hatred for this union; he just pushes out lies without consulting. Ask him when you see him, has the ministry ever invited us since the MoA was signed to say they have done this and couldn’t do that?”
Reacting to the rumour that the union is embarking on another strike, the union president stated that he has not mentioned that the union is going on strike but that there are issues that the Federal Government has not resolved and he hopes that they will resolve them before the next ASUU NEC meeting in August, where the union will decide on what to do.