ASUU, Nigerian Govt in Closed-Door Meeting as Strike Looms

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Representatives from the Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, or ASUU, have met behind closed doors to negotiate outstanding concerns with an aim to avert the union's planned strike.

The meeting commenced around 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday in the office of Prof Tahir Mamman, Minister of Education.

The Federal Government team includes the Minister of State for Education, Dr Yusuf Sununu, as well as other top Ministry officials while 

ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, led the union’s delegation.

“The issues would have been resolved in line with the promise made by President Bola Tinubu and that there will not be strike in the university system.

“We hope that this meeting will be able to resolve some of these issues so that we can move forward as a country as well as our university system,” Osodeke said.

Earlier, the Minister of Education, Mamman, stated that the meeting will allow both parties to exchange ideas on issues affecting the university system.

Mamman said that ASUU has previously written to the Ministry, outlining a number of issues and concerns about universities and the union.

He said that the issues needed interactions between the union and government officials to possibly avert any strike proposed by the union.

ASUU had threatened a nationwide strike over the Federal Government's refusal to meet its demands.

The union had urged the government to meet the demands within two weeks.

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