The Federal Government has been making efforts to make the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its indefinite nationwide strike
The last attempt on Thursday at a meeting in Abuja failed absolutely as both parties did not agree on certain issues.
The union had demanded that universities should be exempted from the Treasury Single Account (TSA).
According to reports, the Federal Government promised to grant all of ASUU’s requests except the one regarding the TSA.
Addressing journalists after the meeting, the minister of Labour and employment, Chris Ngige stated that the government was expecting feedback from ASUU on the overtures made to it, adding that the union promised to return to the negotiation table within one week.
The minister said the major issue is that they want the strike called off so that children in school can write their degree and promotion exams. ASUU leaders said they will come back to us on a date within the next one week. It will not be later than one week,”
Biodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU President, said that the union would not call off the strike until he met with the members and discussed the offers made by the government with them.
He said, “Like the minister said, government has made offers on the issues we have raised, but we have to get back to our members for them to consider the offers and advise us. Based on their position, we will come back to government, hopefully within the next one week.”
He said, “The offers are for our members and when we meet with them, we will come back and reveal all we agreed on.
“The leadership of the union did not call the strike, our members did, and they will decide when to suspend the strike.”
Recall that the ASUU had embarked on an indefinite strike on the 13th of August 2017.