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The National Executive Council of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, will decide on the continuation or suspension of the ongoing industrial action on Sunday, August 28, 2022.
Reports say the meeting is expected to take place at the union’s national headquarters at the University of Abuja.
The decision of the union will be based on reports from different state congresses that are expected to be conducted before then.
Recall that ASUU had on February 14, 2022, declared strike over some dispute with the federal government.
Among the issues are the deployment of the University Transparency Accountability System, UTAS, and the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement among others.
A source who spoke to Punch said, “The NEC meeting will hold on August 28, the four weeks ultimatum that we gave is expiring that same day. We will be making our decisions based on the results of the state congresses.
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“The NEC has to depend on the result of the congresses. The zones have held their own congresses; the branch chairmen will also talk to their members and they will get feedback which will be transmitted to the NEC,” one of the sources said.
Speaking on if the union will consider calling off the strike, the source asked, “Does it look like the government wants to end the strike?”
The NEC meeting was confirmed by Dr Gbolahan Bolarin, chairperson, ASUU, Federal University of Technology, Minna.
When quizzed, Bolarin simply responded, “Yes, Sunday.”