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ASUU Strike: Union Meets August 1 

The National Executive Council of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities is scheduled to hold its meeting in the first week of August, 2022.

Report says, a decision on whether to suspend or continue with the strike which enters its 155th day on Tuesday, 19th July, will be taken at the meeting.

ASUU on Monday, February 14, 2022 embarked on the industrial action over what the union described as the failure of the government to address some of its demands.

The Chairman of ASUU, Federal University of Technology, Minna chapter, Dr Gbolahan Bolarin, confirmed the planned meeting on Monday, adding that, the meeting would be held either on July 30 or August 1, 2022.

ASUU had cautioned the government against the proliferation of tertiary institutions and the failure to approve the deployment of the Universities Transparency Accountability System.

The union had also insisted on the release of the White Paper of the visitation panels to universities and the release of revitalisation funds for the development of universities, among others.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, recently accused the union of engaging in a lopsided agreement with the Federal Government through the Professor Nimi Briggs committee.

Ahead of the NEC meeting however, Dr Gbolahan Bolarin ruled out the possibility of suspending the strike.

According to him, the government has not brought anything to the table that can lead to such decision.

“We are not even at a point to vote on continuation or not because there is nothing from the Federal Government yet.

“The NEC will be holding its meeting early next month, August . That should be August 1. The meeting might even be on July 30,” he said.

Punch /Taiwo Akinola

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