ASUU: A strike and the sorry state of education (1)
Emmanuel Osodeke, Chris Ngige

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced that its National Executive Council (NEC) will hold an emergency meeting for Thursday to review recent developments, especially the recent Appeal Court decision on its ongoing strike action.

The meeting is expected to take place at the union’s headquarters in Abuja.

Ahead of the meeting, union has directed its zonal branches to collate the views of members through vote during the meetings expected to hold tomorrow in its various zones across the country.

The outcome of the meeting would result in suspension of the strike on late Thursday or Friday morning.

This came as report emerged on social media space earlier on Tuesday that the union had called off the over seven months old strike and subsequently directed members to resume academic activities on October 17.

ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, while responding to enquiry to that effect, dismissed the report, saying the strike was yet to be suspended.

He, however,said the union was working towards the suspension of the action, saying the action would be dependent on the views of members from the zonal meetings.

The latest action of the lecturers’union came following the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

The Speaker had on Monday, after a meeting with ASUU president and other members, assured that the strike would be suspended very soon, saying his meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari over the union’s action was fruitful.

Earlier,human rights lawyer and counsel to ASUU,Femi Falana,SAN, had also said the union would soon call off its nearly eight-month old strike.

 

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