The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), who began a nationwide strike this week, over demands for improved funding of universities and welfare of lecturers, have on Thursday, met with the federal government in a meeting which ended without a resolution of the nationwide strike.
According to Premium Times , Thursday’s meeting began at exactly 3:42 p.m. in Abuja, and in his opening remark, the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, said ASUU did not follow the proper procedure before starting the strike.
“There must be a mandatory letter of 15 days to labour, to education before going on strike,” he said, referring to the ministries of labour and education.
“All agreements are supposed to be domiciled in ministry of labour in order to track implementation as agreement gives room to renegotiation,” Ngige said.
The president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, in his response, said Ngige had taken side with his education colleague, Adamu Adamu, adding that ASUU informed relevant ministries before embarking on strike.
“There was a letter dated July 10 to inform the major stakeholders. In the last 10 months, we’ve written 10 letters trying to reach out to relevant stakeholders after suspending the seven days warning strike in November last year. This is not a fresh action and we are open to suggestions,” he said.
The meeting later went into a technical session, and in the end, the ASUU chairman said the strike continued and that the union would revert to the government next week.