The Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nigeria (ASUU) has said it will not suspend the ongoing strike contrary to the government’s announcement, unless its demands are met.
The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruqayyatu Rufai, had told reporters that ASUU would call off the three-month strike on Monday, after a meeting with the various university vice-chancellors in Abuja.
But ASUU President, Prof Ukachuchwu Awuzie has stated that, ASUU is not a member of the Association of Vice Chancellors, and would not call off strike until the government implements its agreements with ASUU. He made it clear that the lecturers’ body, would not abide by the Association’s call to end the strike.
“It’s all government’s propaganda! ASUU won’t call off its strike so long as government shies away from the issue of effective funding of the universities,” Awuzie said.
He added that, “Mr. President has scheduled a meeting with ASUU on Monday. If government accepts to implement our demand, that is when we will think of calling off the strike. Even at that, the National Executive Committee of ASUU will have to meet and have series of meetings to agree on when to call off the strike. However, with the intervention of Mr. President, I believe the solution will come faster than expected,” he said.