University Lecturers to meet and decide on next line of action

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, will on Friday hold a National Executive Council meeting to determine the direction of the ongoing national strike.

The meeting is holding after all the national branches held theirs on Wednesday to decide on whether the strike should continue or not. All branch chairmen are expected to be in Abuja by Thursday for the meeting which is tentatively expected to end on Saturday after which a decision will be communicated to Nigerians.

ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, who agreed to speak further only after the meeting says the union will speak after the NEC meeting. Several branch chairmen and officials according to him have chosen to decline from providing information on the decision of their branches on the strike, saying they had been asked not to speak to journalists.

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Universities in the Southern part of the country and some parts of the North have voted for continuation of the strike, but the ASUU boss says they cannot tell what will happen until after the meeting of NEC.

The union went on strike on August 13 to protest against poor welfare and poor funding of universities, a move that led to the Federal Government inviting the body for negotiations.

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Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu had expressed hope that the strike would be suspended this week.

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