Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has invalidated speculations that the union will on Thursday call off the strike it embarked upon over the inability of the Federal Government to fulfill its own part of the 2009 agreement it willingly entered into with the union.
Dr. Nasir Fagge, National President of ASUU, told newsmen that he was shocked to hear that the union was going to call off the strike on Thursday when the issues before the government had not been resolved.
The union president said: “There is nothing like that (suspending the strike). I am also surprised to hear people say that we are going to call off the strike. Our members have made it categorically clear what they want. This meeting we had with government on Friday at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, is just exploratory.
“We are trying to look at issues holistically and see how we are going to address them. So assignments were given to various people that attended the meeting and the expectation is that we will meet tomorrow (today), Monday and look at the assignment given and also look at it on Thursday again. So, that is why I’m surprised to hear people say that we are going to suspend strike on Thursday. The mandate of our members is very clear. So, we will wait and see what the Monday and Thursday meetings unfold and then we report back to our members.”