The Academic Staff Union of Universities has announced their willingness to call off the strike soon if agreements are reached with the federal government. The statement was made by the union’s president, Emmanuel Osodeke at a National Town Hall Meeting on Tertiary Education tagged: ‘The Locked Gates of our Citadels -A National Emergency.’
The Federal Government had earlier sued ASUU to court in an attempt to end the seven month old strike. In reference to this, Osodeke said: “On all these issues, we have given the government a minimum that we can accept, but they have not responded on the issue of revitalisation, on the issue of earned allowance and on issues that we have all discussed”.
“We negotiated and agreed that they should sign, and this is very simple, not more than one day. On UTAS and IPPIS, we said release the report of the test you did and let’s look at the one that came first and take it as we agreed. So, we have given them the minimum we want and we have to come down, and they can do it in one day if there is a will.”
He emphasized the willingness of the union to negotiate with the federal government and call off the strike if they reach an agreeing point. He said: “If the government loves this country, these children and their parents, then they should come to the table and let us resolve these issues in one day. Just as we did in 2014, they should come and ensure that we do that. We can even have the meeting openly, so that Nigerians will see what we are discussing.”
He stated how displeased the union is about the lingering strike and also the resolution of the government to take them to court. He also said the option was not a good one seeing that if the lecturers are forced to return back to work, they might teach in a way that will not help the students in the long run.
Prof Emmanuel also commended the effort of the peace committee which include Vice Chancellors and Pro Chancellors so far.