The Federal Government’s reconciliatory meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the ongoing nationwide strike declared by the union which was held on Monday ended in deadlock.
The Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, after the crucial meeting said that the FG released N163 billion to ASUU from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND) in order to suspend the ongoing ASUU strike.
“So, we have gotten some substantial agreement in most of the areas of the agreement. Most of the issues have been resolved, so they are going to go back to their members and present government’s offer to their council,” the Minister said.
However, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, stated that there were still some grey areas in the proposal presented by the Federal Government. He said that the strike continues as the union would look at the grey areas and would get back to the government.
The outcome of the meeting has raised concerns in the minds of Nigerians as some took to the social media to lament about the treatment being meted out to students following the prolonged ASUU strike.
“This strike is politically motivated, ASUU has been compromised,” @La_Sekan said.
“End ASUU strike please, Buhari intervene. The hope of poor Nigerian students is in jeopardy. Education is the most important legacy you can give us,” @Ijai4 said.
“Better don’t tell us you’re having meeting next time, we know its table water you all are only going there to drink. When the strike is suspended please let us know,” @Tizzy_yrn stated.
“Which further consultation again ASUU, I can see the gods now need to be consulted first. Like seriously, you guys should know you ain’t portraying any good example to us, because we might also wanna lead with such hatred and revenge,” @Iamfeebiz said.
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