ASUU to meet Nigerian government on Tuesday

The leadership of the strike Union of Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU) will meet with Nigerian government representatives on Tuesday to strike a middle ground on the lingering industrial crisis shaking the nation’s ivory towers, PREMIUM TIMES can report. Although the union’s national president, Emmanuel Osodeke, a teacher, confirmed that ASUU would meet with the government during the week, he refused to give specific details of the scheduled meeting. “Yes, I can confirm that we are meeting with government representatives, but I can’t say much at the moment,” Mr. Osodeke told our reporter by phone. But another member of the union’s executive council who did not want to be quoted said the meeting is scheduled for Tuesday at the “conciliator’s” office. The source said: “The conciliator in this case is the labor ministry. We already received the invitation but that is all I will tell you. I’m not sure if it’s something serious, but we’ll honor it so we don’t get blackmailed like always.” According to another senior union official who also does not want to be mentioned, only the president of the ASUU, as is tradition, can speak to journalists about matters of national interest to the union, “and especially when it has to do with national industrial action. ” The official was reacting to what was described as pressure from stakeholders that other union members should give an update on the ongoing strike. “As a disciplined labor union, only the president of ASUU has a mandate to speak to anyone and the press in particular. There is hierarchy in our union, and the president himself only speaks when there is authorization from the National Executive Council (NEC), which is the highest body,” said the official. But the press director of the Federal Ministry of Labor and Employment, Charles Akpan, said he had not yet been informed by the minister or any official whether any meeting would take place or not. He did, however, promise to communicate properly as soon as he receives any information. ASUU Strike: Teachers Meet Nigerian Government Delegation NEC Not Meeting Meanwhile, ASUU Lagos area coordinator and former president of the University of Lagos (UNILAG) union chapter, ‘Laja Odukoya, has called the report in some sections of the media that the The union’s NEC would meet with the government. Mr. Odulaja, who spoke to our reporter by phone on Monday morning, said he was not aware of any meetings between the government and the union, but insisted that the union’s NEC is not directly involved in negotiations with anyone. . He said: ”NEC is a body that is made up of trustees, members of the executive committee, zonal coordinators, among others. It is the body that receives the reports from the negotiators and that is why most of the time it is heard that ASUU leaders would first report to NEC before committing in any meeting. “So how could that body now go directly to meet with the government or with anyone? Who would he report to now? So those who bring the news of the ASUU NEC meeting with the government lack basic knowledge of how our union operates. They need to go and learn.” He said it is wrong for the media to misinform the public, saying making up stories would rather “damage” the integrity of news platforms. The Punch Newspapers had reported on Sunday night that the ASUU NEC would be meeting with the government during the week, while other sources also tweeted about the arrival of NEC members in Abuja, Nigeria’s Federal Capital Territory, “before of the meeting”. background ASUU had started a month-long warning strike on February 14, which the union says was reversed from its action suspended in December 2020. The union made the decision after a marathon two-day meeting at UNILAG where it reviewed reports from the various branches. Previously, branches had declared conference-free times and held awareness-raising meetings on areas of disagreement with the Nigerian government. Some of these issues include funding for the revitalization of public universities, academic awards obtained, the replacement of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) with the University Accountability Transparency Solution (UTAS), which ASUU designed to the payment of the emoluments of its members. Other issues also include delays in promotion, approval of the renegotiated ASUU-FGN Agreement of 2009, among others. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; ASUU to meet Nigerian government on Tuesday