ASUU strike continues as FG and union engage in talks

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has failed to suspend the ongoing nationwide strike of public universities in Nigeria.

The Federal Government and the leadership of ASUU held a meeting Monday at the Federal Ministry of Labour and Employment in Abuja.

The federal government would take steps to address the demands of ASUU. The Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige who presided the meeting said.

ASUU National President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba were in attendance.

The meeting was rescheduled to hold next Monday for further talks.

ChannelsTV reports that after the meeting, Professor Ogunyemi said the union would await the next adjournment date before it would take a decision on whether or not to suspend the industrial action that has entered its fifth week.

According to him, this is necessary to see how far the Federal Government will deliver on its promises made to address the concerns raised by the union.

Today’s meeting comes after at least four meetings between the government and the union since the strike began.

The ministries of education and labour held two separate meetings with the striking lecturers trying to resolve the issues.

The meetings, however, ended inconclusively.

ASUU commenced the total nationwide strike in November after a meeting of its national leadership at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, the Ondo State capital.

The strike was to protest the poor funding of Nigerian Universities, the alleged plot to increase students’ fees, introduction of an education bank, as well as non-implementation of previous agreements, among other issues.