“We made progress”: ASUU considers FG’s new offer after marathon meeting

by ‘Jola Sotubo

Strike: ASUU members to decide on FG’S  fresh offer


A new wave of optimism has arisen after yesterday’s meeting between the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The meeting, which reportedly lasted 13 hours, ended with the President of the academic body, Nasir Isa Fagge, saying that the members of ASUU would deliberate on the new offer made by the government.

This can be seen as a sign of progress as all the previous meetings have ended up deadlocked. Dr. Fagge however declined to make any comments as he insisted that the entire membership of ASUU would decide on whether to take the offer or not.

The Nation Newspaper reports:

 Speaking with State House correspondents, he said that the meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan discussed how to tackle the problem of University education system in the country.

 He said: “Well we have had lengthy meeting with Mr. President, rubbing minds on how best to address the problem of University education in this country.”

 “And we now have a message from Mr. President we are going to take to our members. And we are expecting that our members will respond appropriately to the message of Mr. President.”

 On whether the lecturers are going back to the classroom, he said: “That is up to our members.” Asked what the message was, he said: “I can’t tell you. Its not for you. It is for our members.”  If impressed with the message, he said: “Don’t put words into my mouth. Our members will determine that.”

 Also speaking with journalists at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Labour Emeka Wogu said: “We made progress, the President of ASUU told you that they are going back with a message from the Federal Government back to their members. And the message is full of high expectations and hope.”

 On whether the strike will be called off, he said: “That is why the message is full of high expectations and hope. So our prayers is that they come back with positive outcome. They might not even come back to meet us, they might take decisions there that will meet your expectations.”

 “Nigerians should be patient for ASUU to finish their meetings and come out with a message to Nigerians.”

 Responding to whether the Federal Government made a fresh offer, her said: “Well, the offer we made are the offer they are taking in line with the 2009 agreement. The issues that led to the strike are issues contained in the 2009 agreement and we did not go beyond the agreement.”


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