ASUU Strike: Negotiation meeting deadlocked, lecturers stage walk-out

The meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Universities and the Federal Government ended in a deadlock on Tuesday.

Sources told one of our correspondents that the Federal Government’s team met with the representatives of ASUU at the headquarters of the National Universities Commission.

“The meet with the FG’s team was headed by Professor Nimi Briggs and it started by noon and ended by 3:00 pm. There was no new offer on the table, they simply begged us to call off the strike”., the top ASUU official said.

Another source said, “ The lecturers left angrily, though we cannot ascertain what was discussed with them as you can see, we were not invited, but the proposal presented was rejected”.

Also confirming the development, a member of the ASUU National Executive Committee who asked not to be quoted explained to our correspondent that the government was “unserious” with the negotiations.

“They are not serious. I can’t go over the details with you because the president is responsible for disseminating the information. The proposal presented was unreasonable. There is no hope in sight”.

The spokesperson for the ministry of education, Ben Goong when contacted told our correspondent that the minister of education would brief the press on Thursday.

The ASUU president, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke when contacted on Tuesday night, said, ‘‘It wasn’t good,” referring to the meeting.

“We didn’t sign anything; they did not come with anything good. I can’t go into details. We will talk to our members first before we talk to the press. We represent our members.’’



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