ASUU meets to end strike

There are indications that the strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities will soon be called off as the nation anxiously awaits the outcome of the meeting among the university lecturers scheduled to hold this week.
The strike of Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) has entered its fourth month, and lecturers of the government-owned universities are expected to hold a referendum to take some decisions. Local chapters of the Union in each campus have invited members for the crucial meeting during which they will be briefed on the outcome of the 13-hour long meeting ASUU Executives had with the President Goodluck Jonathan and other officials of the Federal Government last week Monday, November 4.
Supervising Minister of Education, Mr Nyesom Wike, had last week assured stakeholders that the protracted strike would soon be called off based on the outcome of the last parley with ASUU leadership.
It was reported that based on the fresh agreement between the Federal Government and ASUU, the leadership of ASUU was to go back to brief its members at a meeting after the Eid-el-kabir celebration.
It was gathered also that the meeting would afford the ASUU to report to the government about the position of the union on the offers by the Federal Government so far.
The fresh accord struck by the Vice-President Namadi Sambo with the union, government had agreed to increase the N30 billion already released for the payment of academic earned allowance to N40 billion.
According to sources, the government also agreed that the N40 billion should be regarded only as first installment, and not a once-and-for-all payment.
The memorandum drafted at the end of the meeting indicated that the government would top it up with further releases once universities are through with the disbursement of N40 billion.

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