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The Federal Government has convened a meeting of pro-chancellors, vice-chancellors and chairmen of government councils of federal universities in Abuja on September 6 as part of an attempt to find a solution to the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
The meeting was called on the instance of the National Universities Commission, NUC. The invitation letter which was signed by Chris Maiyaki, NUC’s Deputy Executive Secretary, Administration, stated that participants would review steps taken by the government to resolve the strike.
This comes after ASUU declared an indefinite strike after repeatedly rolling over its strike.
Recall that ASUU commenced strike on February 14, 2022, over disputes with the federal government bothering on the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement and deployment of the University Transparency Accountability Solution, UTAS instead of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS, among others.
The letter read, “As the pro-chancellors and chairmen of councils and the vice-chancellors are quite aware the industrial action by University-based unions has led to the closure of the institutions since February 2022.
“You are also aware that the non-teaching unions have suspended their industrial actions with effect from 24th August, 2022, while a final decision is being awaited from the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
“It has become necessary for the governing councils and the management of the universities to be briefed on the decisions and actions taken by the Federal Government so far to allow for a well-coordinated review of the situation including building consensus around succeeding actions.
“Consequently, I am to invite the pro-chancellors and chairmen of councils as well as vice-chancellors of federal universities to a special interactive meeting with the Honourable Minister of Education on Tuesday, September 6, 2022.”