- The eight months strike embarked upon by the ASUU may not be ending soon
- The federal government had appealed to the union to end the strike and return to class
- It appears the ASUU chapters are divided on whether or not to do what the FG is demanding
The controversy generated by the ongoing strike between the federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is yet to abate despite the pleas from Nigerians.
The Nation reports that some branches of ASUU were divided over whether to accept the federal government’s offer and call off their eight-month-old strike.
Legit.ng gathered that the union would harmonise the positions of zones and branches at a meeting in Abuja on Friday, November 27.
The report said while some branches insisted that the government must meet all the demands before the strike is called off, the union may put the decision to a vote.
It was learnt that the Ahmadu Bello University branch agreed with the government on the N40 billion Earned Academic Allowance (EAA).
The branch, however, called for payment of the allowance before the strike will be called off.
The newspaper noted that the lecturers at the Federal University of Petroleum Resources, Delta state, said negotiations with the federal government must be concluded before the strike is called off.
The chairman of ASUU at the university, Ezekiel Agbalagba, said the congress on Wednesday, November 25, accepted the EAA, but rejected the N25 billion for the revitalisation of the varsities.
“We are willing to suspend the strike, but some of those contending issues should be thrashed and thrashed once.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the authority of the University of Calabar (UNICAL) directed all non-teaching staff of the institution to resume work on Friday, November 27, with cutlasses, hoes, brooms, and buckets to clear overgrown grass, sweep offices as well as keep the environment clean.
It was reported that the registrar of the university, Gabriel Egbe, in a letter signed by Citizen Ini Ekpo with reference number UC/Reg/CIR/68, said participation in the sanitation exercise was mandatory for all the staff.
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