Strike: Bad News for Nigerian Students As ASUU, FG Meeting Ends in Deadlock

Strike: Bad News for Nigerian Students As ASUU, FG Meeting Ends in Deadlock

  • For over five months, Nigerian students have been at home and their academic activities have been brought to a standstill
  • Despite pleas by politicians, notable Nigerians and even parents, the union and the federal government are yet to reach a consensus
  • After the solidarity rally conducted by the Labour Union on July 26 and 27, a recent meeting by the union and the government has again ended in deadlock

The industrial action by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), will continue.

This is as members of the National Executive Council (NEC), of the union did not consider the option of suspending the action at its meeting which ended in the early hours of Monday, August 1, in Abuja, Vanguard reports.

ASUU strike, FG, Labour Union
The strike action by ASUU continues as the NEC meeting with the federal government ended in deadlock. Photo credit: ASUU
Source: Facebook gathered that the national leadership of the union only briefed the meeting on their interactions and submissions made to the Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee set up the Federal Government to renegotiate the 2009 Agreement with the union.

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A source shares more details about the meeting

According to a source, the leadership also told the meeting about the intervention of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), in the matter and the subsequent nationwide solidarity rallies held by the Congress and its affiliates last week.

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The source affirmed:

“Since there is no sign of any serious commitment on the part of the government, there was no need for the NEC to consider suspending the strike. Can anybody say this is what the goverement is offering? They were the ones who set up the Briggs Committee and it made recommendations and the government jettisoned the report.”

Recall that the union has been on strike since February 14 this year and non-teaching staff unions later embarked on their own strike.

Last Tuesday, July 26, and Wednesday, July 27, solidarity rallies were held across the states and in Abuja to press the government to accede to the requests of the union and for immediate reopening of the universities.

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Agitation for a legislative bill to bar the children of politicians and other prominent public office holders has begun.

This call was made by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Bayelsa, Yenagoa on Tuesday, July 26.

Prof. Kingdom Tombra of the ASUU chapter in Bayelsa who made the call stated that an attempt to legislate such a bill and pass it will give room for a formidable educational structure and focus in Nigeria.

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In another development, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has been accused of failing to honour the Federal Government's agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The allegation against the president and his cabinet members in the education and labour force sector was made by Peter Obi, Labour Party's presidential candidate.

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According to Obi, improved education and lifting people out of poverty are key to addressing insecurity in the country.


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