The Academic Staff Union of Universities has announced a date for it to meet and take a decision whether to continue or suspend the strike.
DAILY GIST reported that ASUU had commenced nationwide strike on February 14th 2022, citing different demands which the FG had failed to meet as its reasons.
Some of the demands include, payments of salary arrears, better working conditions, renegotiation of the 2009 FG-ASUU agreement, payment of earned academic allowances, funds for the revitalization of public universities, promotion arrears, and poor funding of state universities.
Other tertiary institution unions also on strike include the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).
According to the National Executive Council of ASUU, the meeting is scheduled to take place in the first week of August, 2022.
This is as the onging strike enters its 155th day on Tuesday (today).
The chairman of ASUU, Federal University of Technology, Minna chapter, Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, confirmed the planned meeting.
Bolarin said the meeting would be held either on July 30 or August 1, 2022.
ASUU had cautioned the government against the proliferation of tertiary institutions and the failure to approve the deployment of the Universities Transparency Accountability System.
The union had also insisted on the release of the White Paper of the visitation panels to universities and the release of revitalisation funds for the development of universities, among others.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, recently accused the union of engaging in a lopsided agreement with the Federal Government through the Prof Nimi Briggs committee.
Ahead of the NEC meeting however, Bolarin ruled out the possibility of suspending the strike.
According to him, the government has not brought anything to the table that can lead to such decision.
“We are not even at a point to vote on continuation or not because there is nothing from the Federal Government yet.
“The NEC will be holding its meeting early next month (August). That should be August 1. The meeting might even be on July 30,” he said.