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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has suspended its eight-month-old industrial action.
A member of the union’s National Executive Committee, NEC, confirmed this to DAILY POST early Friday.
ASUU decided to suspend the strike during a meeting of its leadership that started on Thursday night and lasted into the early hours of Friday.
The state branches of the union met over the Court of Appeal ruling last week, following which members voted to conditionally suspend the strike.
The Court of Appeal had issued an order to ASUU to suspend the strike before its appeal of the ruling ordering lecturers to resume work could be heard.
The National Executive Committee meeting was attended by chairmen of the state chapters and national executive members at the ASUU National Secretariat in Abuja.
ASUU had been on strike since February 14 this year.
ASUU has reached an understanding with FG over the ongoing ASUU Strike.
Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, University of Calabar, Branch, has disclosed that some understanding has been reached, while some shifting of grounds has been made but only National Executive Council (NEC), will convey the resolutions.
Addressing newsmen shortly after its Congress at the International Conference centre on Wednesday, October 12, 2022, Chairman ASUU, UNICAL, Dr. Edor John also cautioned that the Federal government should focus on tackling the issues bedeviling ASUU adding that there was no need trying to divide them by registering other bodies or Union with a view of breaking their ranks.
The UNICAL ASUU Chairman said: ” We can’t give you full details of what briefings transpired in Congress, because it is a process that we will collate and analyse at NEC in Abuja on Thursday.
“But it is a process arising from the intervention of the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Rt Hon Femi Gbajabiamila to see if there can be an amicable and “Speedy” resolution.
“Some understanding have been reached, some shifting of grounds have been made, so we need to process these at the various organs of the Union and the final resolutions will be taken at NEC when we meet on Thursday,” he said.
ASUU NEC Meets Thursday to Decide Fate of Strike
The embattled Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has fixed a meeting of its National Executive Council for Thursday to consider the planned call-off of the nine-month-old strike by lecturers in federal universities across the country.
As a prelude to the NEC meeting, ASUU branches would commence the traditional voting today to take a position over the ongoing strike by the union.
But the President of ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, has said the association has not formally suspended its eight month old industrial action but would arrive at a decision after following due process.
Newsone gathered from a reliable source in one of the universities that the decision of the various branches would be transmitted to the NEC for a final decision on the strike, which may likely be called off after Thursday’s meeting.
“We have been invited to a meeting of our local branch on Wednesday to be briefed on the outcome of various negotiations, including the interventions by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila regarding our demands. We are also expected to take a position based on the issues presented and to vote on our next line of action, whether to suspend the strike or to uphold it,” the source said.
Strike: We will sign deal in couple of days – ASUU
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the House of Representatives, on Monday, met on the lingering industrial action by the lecturers.
The lecturers led by ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke and the leadership of the House, led by Femi Gbajabiamila, met behind a closed-door for about 30 minutes before having another one in front of the camera.
It would be recalled that the House has been hosting meetings between the government and the strike lecturers in the past couple of weeks.
On Friday, the Court of Appeal agreed with an early ruling by the National Industrial Court that asked the Union to resume immediately.
It would be recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had during his budget presentation stated that N470 billion has been allocated for tertiary institutions in the 2023 budget.
Speaking on the outcome of the closed-door meeting, Gbajabiamila said President Muhammadu Buhari will make a major announcement regarding the strike.
Also speaking, the Osodeke, said the Union will sign some documents in the next couple of days which they will take to their members for ratification.
‘ASUU should not flout court order’
The foremost Islamic organisation, The Muslim Congress (TMC), has cautioned the leadership of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) against disobedience of court order.
TMC advised ASUU to call off its strike as directed by the Appeal Court on Friday.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja ruled that before it could grant the appeal application of ASUU, the union must first obey the decision of the lower court by returning to the classroom.
National Industrial Court had ruled that ASUU should resume following a suit filed by the Federal Government through Ministry of Labor and Employment.
At a briefing in Lagos, TMC Secretary-General, Alhaji Hassan Adesina, who represented the Amir (President), Alhaji Abdul Wasi’i Bangbala, blamed ASUU and the Federal Government for the prolonged industrial action.
TMC said there must be alternative funding options for universities, noting absolute dependence on Federal Government would put the institutions under pressure.
Strike: FG threatens ASUU with contempt
The Federal Government has threatened to sue the striking lecturers, who are members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities if they fail to resume as ruled by the National Industrial Court.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, who issued this threat on Friday during an interview monitored on Channel TV, disclosed that he had directed labour controllers to monitor compliance at all tertiary institutions across the states.
He said, “The court says ASUU must obey today (Friday). I have asked labour controllers in the 36 states and the zones to reach out to the universities; number one, to see if the vice chancellors have opened the gates because that is one of the imports of the judgment of the Industrial Court.
“You must open the gates, you must open the class rooms and to see whether those workers, those teachers reported today, tomorrow Friday and Saturday. My labour controllers will write me a report.
“The Education Ministry through the NUC will also do their bit and we will compare it. By Tuesday, if they have complied with this, first, they will have the right to appeal as the court says.