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Thursday, 14 November 2013

ASUU Delays Meeting Due To The Death Of Former Leader Professor Festus Iyayi

Due to the death of its former leader, Professor Festus Iyayi, ASUU has suspended its meeting which was likely to have paved the way for the suspension of the four months strike.

Since Friday of last week news has been making the rounds that the four months old ASUU strike has been called off
but not just announced yet and student
would resume November 18, 2013.

A source close to top guns in the Academic
Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has
revealed that lecturers will ditch their four
month old strike this weekend so students
could resume on November 18 (next
Monday).The source said there was no way the
union could reject the new offer of N220bn
a year tabled by President Goodluck
Jonathan during a marathon meeting with
ASUU last week Tuesday.
ASUU had come out of that meeting to tell
Nigerians it needed time to deliberate on
the new deal and reach a consensus
among it members before talking to the
press.
A top official of the union, has however
said the government could not be trusted
even on the new offer, and that ASUU’s
members were divided over the
government’s offer. He, however raised a
beam of hope by saying the majority still
decided to give the government the benefit
of the doubt.

As ASUU executives meet this Wednesday,
if the fate of the strike is down to a vote
among the striking lecturers, as suggested
by ASUU chairman, Nasir Fagge, the four
month old impasse may surely end this
week.

ASUU went on strike July 1 over the non-
implementation of a 2009 agreement it had
with the government with a key component
of the memorandum of understanding the
allocation of 26% of Nigeria’s total budget
to education. Although the government is
planning to allocate just 9% of the 2014
budget to education, ASUU now seems set
to end the strike after government offers
that would surely boost lecturers’ take
home pay and improve varsity infrastructure.

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