ASUU Strike May Extend Further As Lecturers Disagree on Call-off
Just when it seemed that the light at the end of the tunnel could be seen in the case of the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, reports have emerged that the strike might not be called off this week as hoped.
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Contrary to expectations that the four month old strike of th Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which has kept thousands of university students at home will be called off this week, indications have emerged that strike may linger on for a while as members differ on its call-off.
The meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the leaders of the Union which lasted for 13 hours, coupled with the meetings being held by the chapters of the union to consider the federal government offer had given hope of a call-off, but the light at the end of the tunnel is not as bright enough.
This is as a result of conflicting opinions by members of the body at its different branches on whether the strike should be called off or not.
According to a report: Congresses of the 61 chapters of the union were held, yesterday, while the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting will hold tomorrow in one of the northern universities.
The outcome of the union’s congresses indicated that there was disagreement on the need to call off the strike.
Vanguard gathered that while some ASUU chapters were ready to suspend the strike in the light of the President’s intervention, others insisted that they will continue the strike due to what they described as their distrust for the government.
It was learnt that while the University of Lagos, UNILAG, resolved to suspend the strike, chapters like the University of Ibadan, UI; University of Benin, UNIBEN; University of Calabar, UNICAL; University of Jos, UNIJOS and the Lagos State University, LASU, said the strike must continue, arguing that the Federal Government could not be trusted to fulfil its promise of injecting over N1.1 trillion to universities in the next five years.
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