According to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the federal government will sign off on their most recent minimum demand in less than 24 hours, at which point the ongoing strike will be called off.
Speaking at the National Town Hall Meeting on Tertiary Education titled: “The Locked Gates of our Citadels – A National Emergency” held in Abuja today, ASUU president Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke disclosed this.
Osodoke claims that the organization has reached a deal with the federal government to ratify its most recent resolution, which would put an end to the seven-month strike.
ASUU is more than willing to reopen classrooms, Osodeke emphasized.
He, however, said this could only be achieved if concrete agreements were reached with the Federal Government.
He said: “On all these issues, we have given the government a minimum that we can accept, but they have not responded on the issue of revitalization, on the issue of earned allowance and on issues that we have all discussed.
”We negotiated and agreed that they should sign and this is very simple, not more than one day.
”On UTAS and IPPIS, we say release the report of the test you did and let’s look at the one who came first and take it as we agreed.
”So we have given them the minimum we want and we have to come down and they can do it in one day if there is a will,” Osodeke reiterated.
He expanded on this point by saying that if the government truly cared about the nation, the students, and their parents, they would immediately sit down with the union and work to find a straightforward solution to the challenges at hand.
“Just as we did in 2014, they should come and ensure that we do that, we can even have the meeting openly so that Nigeria will see what we are discussing,” Osodeke said.
In response to the latest lawsuit brought by the federal government against ASUU, Osodeke said it is regrettable that their issue was taken to court.
However, he asserted that suing the union was not an option because it would worsen the situation for students and the nation’s tertiary education system.
The ASUU president asserts that if the court orders the lecturers to go back to work, they won’t be required to do so while maintaining an open mind.
The students would undoubtedly be on the receiving end, according to Osodeke.
The Committee of Vice Chancellors and Pro-Chancellors was praised by the speaker for intervening to settle the disputes. Therefore, he urged parents and children to urge the government to take the necessary action to put an end to the strike once and for all, rather than criticizing the union.
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