ASUU Finally Speaks after Appeal Court Ordered Lecturers' Union to Call Off Strike

ASUU Finally Speaks after Appeal Court Ordered Lecturers' Union to Call Off Strike

  • The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may soon call off its strike, considering the latest statement by the union's president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke
  • At a meeting with the House of Representatives, Osodeke said the union, for the first time, has "seen light at the end of the tunnel"
  • The ASUU president commended the lawmakers led by Gbajabiamila, the Speaker, noting that the strike would have been over in a matter of days if the House had intervened earlier

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FCT, Abuja - The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has commended the House of Representatives for its intervention in the protracted crisis between university lecturers and the federal government.

The President of ASUU, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, gave the commendation during a meeting with the Speaker of the House, Femi Gbajabiamia, and other lawmakers on Monday evening, October 10.

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ASUU president Emmanuel Osodeke, and other union leaders, meet with members of the House of Reps on Monday, October 10. Photo credit: Olukayode Jaiyeola via @MobilePunch
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“For the first time, we have seen light at the end of the tunnel," The Punch quoted Osodeke as saying.

He said if the House had intervened in the manner it had over the matter at the beginning of the problem, the strike would have been over in a matter of days.

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ASUU strike will be over in few days, says Gbajabiamila

Meanwhile, the Speaker of the House of Representatives assured that the lingering ASUU strike will be over in a few days.

Gbajabiamila also said President Muhammadu Buhari would make a declaration on the “No Work No Pay” issue, which is a significant area of contention, on Tuesday, October 11.

He said that the other issues had been taken care of with the federal government and ASUU shifting grounds on their positions.

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ASUU strike: Nigerians react

Buzz Guy said on Facebook:

"ASUU might call off the Stríke Soon because of the Préssure from the FG
"But the outmost truth is how Lecturers being Owéd there Salary will actually Pressure students to sórt there courses with outrageous amoúnts to cover up there losses

"It won't be easy like the FG think of it as returning back to teach our children."

Anthony Daniel said:

"Rather than fight it now, they are beginning to shift it to the next coming president."

Aaron De Legacy

"Everyday you guys are discussing the same matter saying "Strike will soon over."

Terzulum Mwarga said:

"Good step in the right direction."

ASUU strike: Appeal Court orders union to call off strike

A previous report by indicates that the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja ordered ASUU to call off its strike immediately.

The appellate court presided over by Justice Hamma Barka gave the verdict on Friday, October 7.

The court said ASUU should obey the order of an industrial court, which directed the suspension of the strike before seeking to appeal the judgment.


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