The Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU, may end strike today after eight months of ground standing should they consider the government’s new proposal.
The possibility of ending the strike today Friday will be determined by the outcome of the meeting between the two parties.
Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment has said on Thursday that the government would issue the demands of the union half way, which may probably convince the union to call off the strike.
‘We are meeting with their national leadership tomorrow (today) and those in the zones are advised that it is serious indiscipline to be talking on behalf of their national body.
‘The zonal branches are a nuisance now with all their comments on matters that are being conciliated.
‘All those zonal coordinators are attention seekers; we have no business with them. They are not the ones we are negotiating with. By organisation structure, they are not supposed to be talking,’ he was quoted by The Nation Newspaper.
‘At our meeting tomorrow, the Federal Government will do everything possible to meet ASUU half-way.
‘The government will bend backwards to see how we can accommodate their demands in areas that have almost been completed,’ Mr Ngige promised.
Both parties have been meeting occasionally to discus certain issues since the beginning of the strike in March, but they couldn’t come to a mutually agreed decision yet.
In recent times, the government have opted to work with a new alternative academic union body, Congress of University Academics, CONUA.
In a meeting earlier with the federal government, Niyi Sunmonu, CONUA’s national coordinator said union strikes have done more harm than good to the university system, adding that there is a need to ensure an uninterrupted academic calendar.
According to him, CONUA members are not part of ASUU, and that the striking union no longer represents the interests and aspirations of his colleagues.
In line with the recent development, Mr. Ngige had directed a ministerial committee to review CONUA’s registration application within four weeks. However, the Friday meeting outcomes may change this narrative.