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ASUU set to call off strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU says the over seven months old strike will be called off in few days.

The National President of ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, stated this after a meeting with the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, at the National Assembly

Osodeke said the leadership of the union has taken note of what has been covered by the meeting and would get back to their members and do everything possible to resolve the matter amicably.

We have actually met briefly in the speaker’s office and looked at all issues and he briefed us. And we have taken note of what they have covered. But my union you know we operate bottom up, we don’t take decisions on their behalf without having their consent. So, we have agreed that between now and tomorrow we are going to get some documents signed that we can take to our members and we will do that as quickly as possible in the interest of all of us Nigerians and the students so that this thing can be resolved as quickly as possible.He noted.

He said the ASUU hopes this is going to be the last of the strikes in Nigeria.

Osodeke, advised the government not to allow strikes to linger long before taking action.

The Speaker, Mr Femi Gbajabiamila, said that all demands made by the union have been met.

“I’m very hopeful and very excited that this strike will be called off in a number of days. We met in my office and the outcome is going to be positive. This is a recap to seal the deal on what has been a long fought battle, long hard road for everybody both for ASUU, the students and the government. As you would recall, some weeks ago the House got involved in this crisis and we had long, tough, intense meetings AUSU. We had meetings with those on the government side and we are happy to report that as the result of the consultation and intervention of the House, very significant progress has been made and we are more or less at the end of the road.

While stressing that President Muhammadu Buhari, will look into the no work no pay policy implemented, Gbajabiamila, added that based on the meeting with the leadership of the House on Friday last week, president Buhari would make a pronouncement on Tuesday on the ongoing ASUU-FG face-off.

ASUU will call off strike

Meanwhile, Counsel to the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Mr Femi Falana, on Monday says that his clients were ready to call off the strike.

Mr Falana made this known after the Court of Appeal in Abuja ordered the striking lecturers to return to work.

He urged the Federal Government to expedite and complete its negotiations with ASUU.

“The legal advice that I will give to my clients is confidential. But I can assure you that the strike will soon be called off,” Falana stated.

Mr Falana, said he will advise his clients accordingly once the certified true copy of the court order of last Friday has been made available to him.

Reporting by Ibrahim Shehu & Julian Osamoto; editing by Adeniyi Bakare