Just as students are jubilating that the prolonged ASUU strike ends in no distant time following a hopeful deliberation that ended on Monday between the Federal Government and the Leadership of the Union, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, on Wednesday declared that it was yet to reach an agreement with the Federal Government over the lingering strike.
National president of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said the negotiations between both parties were still inconclusive.
According to Ogunyemi, the team that represented the union at the meeting with representatives of government had no final say over calling off the strike action.
Speaking with Tribune, Ogunyemi said: “It was just yesterday (Tuesday) that government sent the proposal to us without waiting for feedback before going to the public that we have reached an agreement. ASUU does not operate in that manner.
“The ASUU team that met the Federal Government would have to consult our principal over the proposal which we are already doing.
“So, ASUU cannot make a pronouncement on a mere proposal. Until our principal agrees, there is no agreement. And that is what we have always emphasised to government that we are going to consult our members and if after consultation, our members think the proposal is good enough, we will get back to government and tell them that now, we have taken a decision which becomes an agreement.
“But so far on government proposal, we have not taken a decision. And our strike is still ongoing.”
Meanwhile, the ASUU delegation is expected back at the Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour in Abuja tomorrow, Thursday, to table before the Federal government the collective opinion of the Union whether or not to call off the strike.
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