BREAKING: ASUU Strike “Will End Today” – Jonathan (UPDATED)

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There have been indications that after Monday’s meeting between President Goodluck Jonathan and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the four month strike of the lecturers may finally end. As of 12.30 am (Tuesday), the meeting was still ongoing. The FG is reported to be desperate to work out an agreement with ASUU.

 meeting-620x330A closed-door meeting has started on Monday at 2:40 pm inside the First Lady Conference Room, Presidential Villa, Abuja. The parties are still negotiating, as of 12:30 am (Tuesday).
Indications that the strike which is now into its 5th month may be resolved have emerged when the President stated, while shaking hands with ASUU Chairman Dr. Nasir Isa Fagge:

“My president, I hope it will end today. Our children have suffered enough. We must find a solution.”

All those in attendance responded with a loud “amen.”

When greeting the NLC President, Abdulwahab Omar, Jonathan said:

“My president with you around today, there will be no problem, our agreement is signed, sealed and delivered.”

This is the first meeting between the lecturers and Jonathan since the beginning of the strike. The Presidency took over negotiations with the striking lecturers September 19, with the Vice-President Namadi Sambo spearheading the FG side.

The lecturers were seen meeting among themselves in their bus during the break that has started at 6.30 pm. When State House correspondents tried to talk to the lecturers, some of them replied that they would return to continue their discussions with the President. No details of there discussion have been yet made known.

Apart from Fagge and Jonathan, the meeting has in attendance the President, Vice President, Namadi Sambo; Minister of Finance, Dr. Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala; Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim; Supervising Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike; and Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu among others.

The ASUU is presented by Prof. Abdulahi Sule-Kano, Prof. Dipo Fashina and Prof. Festus Iyayi, Prof. Suleiman Abdul, and Prof. Abdullahi Sule-Kano. President of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Abdulawahid Omar and that of the Trade Union Congress, Bobboi Kaigama, are also there.

Preparatory to the meeting, Senate President, David Mark met with the leadership of ASUU at the National Assembly. He regretted that the strike had lingered for the past five months, and called for a win-win resolution to the industrial action. He then led the Union’s representatives to the Presidential Villa after the meeting.

The 2009 agreement

ASUU has embarked upon an indefinite strike July 1, 2013. The lecturers protest against an alleged FG’s failure to honor an agreement signed between the FG and ASUU in 2009.

pic.-3.-peaceful-protest-on-asuu-strike-in-enugu2-620x330 (1)Part of the agreement dwelt on funding of universities where both parties agreed that each federal university should get at least N1.5 trillion between 2009 and 2011 while state universities, within the same period, should receive N3.6 million per student.

The agreement was signed by Bolanle Babalakin, the then chairman of Committee of Pro-Chancellors of Federal Universities; Gamaliel Onosode, chairman of the re-negotiation committee; and Ukachukwu Awuzei, the then president of ASUU.

It is still unclear, however, how much of the agreement have been met by the FG. The secretary to the federation, Pius Anyim, has recently stated that most of the issues contained in the 2009 document had been fully met except for the earned allowances estimated at N92 billion.

We will keep you updated…

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22 COMMENTS

  1. My advise 2 the FG is dis,after all dat has been done concerning d Asuu strike.Lecturers shld be duely scrutinized bcos nt all lect re wat d stress Asuu re fighting for.My ernest advice 2 FG is dat our Nig universities ve terrible lect dat are nt worthy of been 1.

  2. My advise 2 the FG is dis,after all dat has been done concerning d Asuu strike.Lecturers shld be duely scrutinized bcos nt all lect re worth d stress Asuu is fighting for.My ernest advice 2 FG is dat our Nig universities ve terrible lect dat are nt worthy of been 1. Many of them should be relieved of their duties. Can u imagine a lect using dsame note he used in 2003 to teach students in 2013,without no addition nd no subtraction. Dat is very very bad!infact Nigeria needs Jesus.

  3. My dare they ve nt called it off is just a mere dialogue oooo Gudluck jonathan m8 stil being funy by nt agreeing wt the union's demand and the named angry men ar nt ready to compromised so dnt be too emphasised yet

    Dnt be 2 emphasised yet ooo it is just a mere dialogue bw the fg and the asuu union Gudluck jonathan m8 stil be funy in nt m8ing up wt the unions agreement and those wounded lions are nt ready to compromised lets all of us just pray dat God should touch their to m8 up wt their demand ooo cant wait to be in skul mising my frds already!!!lol.

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    So drop off your comments and tell us who the real Oga at the top is. Sharply

  5. nigeria leaders are very very selfcentered people.if there children were to be studying in this country,they wount even embark on a month strike.but there no problem at all.we will not stay in this world forever.and God will judge every body according to his work on earth.if they like they should leave the strike till 2019. Our destiny will never change. Am ashame of this country.

  6. I am very delighted to hear that the 5month-old ASUU lingering strike would soon come to an end. Not just delighted because the children are going back to class, but very happy in the sense that it makes me feel like a Nigerian again; why because I can’t comprehend the reason responsible for such strike, most importantly in a country like Nigeria which is regarded as one of the most educated and richest in Africa, if not the whole world. Please, Nigeria leaders spare Nigerians the hassles of going through these kind senseless situation of not going through strike of these nature again.

  7. Õh Lord, i beleive in my hrt dat dis is the final end of asuu/fg conflict. Lord we hope n pray dis wud never occcur again. So be it IJN

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