ASUU rejects FG’s offer to call off strike, debunk Ngige’s claim that their meeting was fruitful

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has said it has rejected the federal government’s call to halt the ongoing strike action.

It was revealed early in the morning on Friday 13 May 2022 by a statement on his Facebook page.

The statement titled; “OUTCOME OF YESTERDAY’S ASUU-FG MEETING” referred to the meeting that the trade union had with the chief of staff, prof. Ibrahum Gambari and the Minister of Labor and Employment.

In the statement, ASUU said although the president, prof. Emmanuel Osodeke refused to speak to the journalist, there was nothing new in the meeting except that the government team wanted them to strike for a period which they rejected.

The statement went on to make a statement by the Minister of Labor and Employment, dr. Chris Ngige, was made, where he told reporters after the meeting that it was fruitful, denied.

“But the Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, who spoke to journalists after the meeting, claimed that the negotiations were fruitful.

The minister said: “We have reached some agreements and we hope that those agreements will expire by next week and that the various unions will have something to tell their members so that they can stop the strike.” statement partially read.

“We have drawn up some timelines for some aspects such as renegotiation of the 2009 agreement in terms of terms of employment and wage review. So, we are hopeful that the unions will see a closure of that area by next weekend. “

ASUU and other unions met on Thursday with the chief of staff of the president, Professor Ibrahim Gambari, in a major step by the federal government to call for the continued strike action.

The meeting, which was chaired by the Chief of Staff, was attended by the Secretary of State of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, the Minister of Labor and Productivity, Senator Chris Ngige, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Sa’ad Abubakar, the President. of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Samson Ayokunle.

It was held at the banquet hall of the State House in Abuja, the country’s capital.

Also present at the meeting were the President of the Nigerian Labor Congress, Ayuba Wabba, ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osedeke, Presidents of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the non-academic staff of Union of Universities among others.

The chief of staff informed the gathering that the meeting was under the direction of President Muhammadu Buhari, who he said was concerned about the strike action and its impact on the Nigerian students

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