ASUU will be embarking on an emergency meeting on Thursday to decide the fate of it’s 8-Month-Old Strike.
Newsonline reports that the striking National Executive Council of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, will convene an emergency meeting on Thursday, to review recent developments, especially the positive response from the federal government to its demands.
Also, branches of the Union will begin consultations Wednesday over the possibility of calling off the ongoing strike.
This online media platform gathered that the new development comes on the heels of the meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who called several meetings between the Union and the Federal Government.
The lead counsel for ASUU, Femi Falana, SAN, had also disclosed that the strike would be over in a few days.
It could be recalled that ASUU had, on Monday, February 14, 2022, embarked on a strike over what the Union described as the failure of the government to meet its lingering demands.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, after what he described as “failed negotiations”, dragged the striking lecturers to the National Industrial Court.
The National Industrial Court had on September 21 ordered ASUU to call off the strike.
It said it was within ASUU’s right to appeal the decision of the Industrial Court.
Agreeing with the Federal Government’s argument that ASUU could not approach the appellate court with “dirty hands”, the panel held, “should the applicant fail to obey the order (of the lower court), the leave granted shall be automatically vacated.”
Speaking under the condition of anonymity, three highly respected members of the ASUU NEC explained the new developments.
A chairman at a federal university in the South-East said, “Our own branch will hold a meeting tomorrow; we have sent messages to our members and we will be voting tomorrow; we will communicate our decision to the national body on Thursday.”
Another branch chairman, who is also a member of NEC said, “I will be flying to Abuja on Thursday morning for the NEC meeting.”
Also confirming, another branch chairman said, “Yes but please don’t quote me, we aren’t making details available to the press yet.”
When asked if the strike would be called off, the chairman said, “Please, calm down.”