ASUU Strike Update Today 2022: The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has revealed that it rejected Federal Government’s request to suspend the ongoing strike conditionally, maintaining its stance on the industrial action.
The Union disclosed this in statements late Thursday evening and on Friday morning
This comes as ASUU and the FG resumed negotiations on Thursday night after President Muhammadu Buhari directed his Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari and the Minister for Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige to lead the FG’s delegation.
ASUU Meeting Outcome
ASUU this morning stated that it rejected Federal Government’s offer to suspend the strike conditionally.
One of the union members said that there was “nothing new except that the government team wanted them to call off the strike for a period of time which they rejected.”
Meanwhile, the Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige who spoke to journalists after the meeting claimed the negotiations were fruitful.
He said: “We have reached some agreements and we hope that by next week, those agreements will be maturing and the different unions will have something to tell their members, so that they can call off the strike.
“We have put some timelines for some aspects like renegotiation of 2009 agreement in terms of condition of service and wage review. So, we are hopeful that by next weekend, the unions will see a conclusion of that area”.
Universities Students Protest
Students protesting the ASUU strike in Ibadan have locked horns with men of the Nigerian Army who tried to force their way into the barricade created by the students at the front of the University of Ibadan (UI) Gate.
According to reports, the students were almost run over by the car carrying the soldiers who were bent on disrupting the protest.
Students of UI were protesting the ASUU strike for the third time to reiterate their request for the federal government to meet the union’s demands and for schools to be reopened.
Lolo, one of the protesters who witnessed the incident said, “the police had already blocked major roads because of the protest too, so we also barricaded our side, but the soldiers just came, suddenly came down with a gun.
“He even cocked his gun as if he was going to shoot, and everybody was surprised. Maybe he was angry or triggered, if his bosses were not there, he would have shot at us.”
Another protester added that “they almost ran over us, they cocked a gun.”
The protest resumed in Ibadan after the federal government’s meeting with ASUU yielded no positive result.