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ASUU Strike Worsens, As Lecturers Vow To Continue …FG Calls Reconciliation Meeting

As the strike by members of  the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) lingers a referendum by the union appears a continuation of the strike. 

The referendum was conducted on Tuesday, in Ibadan following the directive by the national leaders of the union on Monday, February 5,   to decide on the ongoing strike through a referendum.

Speaking after the referendum, the ASUU chairman, University of Ibadan, Dr Deji Omole said the congress only conducted a referendum on what the Federal government had offered the union to call off the strike, Punch reports.

Omole said that the federal government promised to include the earned academic allowances in their 2019 salaries, adding that FG agreed to release additional N5bn to make the earned academic allowances N25bn out of the N105bn being owed lecturers, but ASUU wants N30bn instead.

However he Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities will hold a reconciliatory meeting today  in an effort to resolve issues that led to the ongoing strike called by ASUU.

ASUU president, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, said at the end of the last meeting held at the Ministry of Labour and Employment that there was an agreement to adjourn until Thursday after the leadership of the ASUU must have met other members to discuss the new government position of its demands.

“We have set of information for our members. Until we tell our members. We are making progress and the progress we are making is for everybody’s interest and stakeholders will benefit at the end of the day. We will be meeting on Thursday (today). We have trashed all grey areas so the progress we have made must first be related to our members.”

While confirming that both parties would meet for another meeting, Acting Director at the Ministry of Labour and Employment, Iliya Rhoda, said in a statement that Dr Chris Ngige would preside over the meeting.

The statement said, “Furtherance to efforts at resolving the on-going industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, is scheduled to hold a conciliatory meeting with the executive of ASUU.”

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