The National Executive Council of the Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU) is set to meet on Monday night.
It is understood that the NEC members of the union will after their meeting, meet Federal Government officials later in the week.
The lecturers union had last week Monday declared a nationwide four-week roll-over strike after a two-day meeting at the University of Lagos, Akoka.
According to ASUU, it was left with no option but to embark on the strike. It stated that despite meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, on October 14, 2021, on issues, including funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution; promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN Agreement, and the inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System Payment, none of its demands had been met.
As of Sunday afternoon, some members of ASUU NEC had arrived Abuja in readiness for the meeting, reports The Punch.
The national chairman, ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, who confirmed the meeting, was quoted as saying that if the government was responsive, there would be no need for the strike to last for weeks.
“It is just a meeting; they are inviting us for a meeting within the week. They will tell us why they called. I don’t know what they plan to tell us, we will meet them within the week,” he said.
He told Nigerians to “Appeal to the government to implement the agreement we signed with them. The strike can be called off any day, it is in the government’s hand if they want it to last for a week, two weeks, one month, a year, or more. It is the government that will decide when they want the strike to end. Our position is that they should agree and implement what they signed with us. If they are responsive, it doesn’t need to last for weeks. We have given them one month to react.”
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