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ASUU Strike: FG Meets With University Lecturers In Emergency Meeting

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FG Meets ASUU Behind Closed Doors

The Federal Government is currently holding an emergency meeting with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), behind closed doors.

Naija News understands that this is the ninth time the striking lecturers are meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment to resolve the industrial action which has lingered for almost three months.

The lecturers proceeded on strike on November 4, 2018, in protest of what they described as poor welfare, university revitalization among other demands.

Meanwhile, In another development, Students of higher institutions have threatened to disrupt the general elections if the federal government fails to settle issues with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and end the ongoing industrial dispute between it and the lecturers before the February 16 polls.

Speaking under for the National Association of Nigeria Students, the group said they would also mobilise their members to boycott the polls.

They stated this Wednesday during a protest march through Niger Bridge in Onitsha, Anambra state.

While calling ASUU and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) to resolve their problems with the government, the students said they would disrupt the elections if nothing was done about the strike.

The protesters comprised South-east and South-south NANS chapters who carried placards of various inscriptions such as, ‘ASUU/ASUP strike, another way to increase crime’, ‘No resumption, no elections’, ‘We are tired of endless negotiations’, ‘End strike now’ and ‘Save education, end strike now’.

Addressing journalists thereafter, NANS Zone B Coordinator Okereke Godson, said the students would not stay at home while the country holds elections.

We will chase away voters on election day if the federal government fails to agree with terms with ASUU and end the strike.

“Nigeria students are tired of staying at home doing nothing while the elections hold. We are calling on the federal government to negotiate with ASUU to end the strike or forget about the 2019 elections.”


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