Sunday, November 24, 2013

#CODED-ish News::ASUU may call off STRIKE this week amidst uncertainty – Daily Independent

10:06 AM

REPORT BY DAILY INDEPENDENT

ASUU President, Faggae
Prospects of university students resuming for academic activities this week appear to be in sight, as the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) met at the Bayero University, Kano (BUK), at the weekend.
Although details of their resolutions are still sketchy as at press time, a reliable source told Sunday Independent that the executive members of the union held their National Executive Council (NEC) meeting in Kano on Friday, to take some resolutions concerning their strike which began on July 2, nationwide.
The ASUU official, who preferred to anonymity, confirmed that the meeting took place at BUK, as earlier reported in the Monday, November 18 edition of Daily Independent.
He told our correspondent on phone that the meeting was in connection with their protracted strike and modalities to bring it to an end within the shortest possible time.
He said part of the agenda tabled for discussion at the NEC also included ways in which ASUU can contribute to the burial of the late Festus Iyayi, who died in a motor accident along Lokoja-Abuja road recently.
Asked if the strike would be suspended after the meeting, he simply said that appears to be a reality, but it might be called off later this week.
The ASUU strike, which has grounded academic activities in all the nation's universities, has lingered on for almost five months now.
"Well, the NEC meeting is going on right now in Kano, but we are yet to come up with a resolution.
"Tentatively, the strike might be called off next week, going by the level of discussion here at the NEC," he stated.
ASUU officials had earlier met with President Goodluck Jonathan, following the protracted nature the strike had assumed.
The Presidency was said to have intervened by pledging to inject N1.1trillion into the university system to address lingering challenges within the next five years.
President of ASUU, Nasir Fagge, and his team, after the meeting with the President, were to convene their NEC meeting on Wednesday November 13, when the accident that claimed Iyayi's life on Tuesday November 12 occurred, while on their way to Kano.
The development had forced ASUU to suspend its NEC, and elicited diverse reactions from Nigerians since then.

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