ASUU: Official speaks on rumoured strike suspension

NEWS DIGEST – Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) National Executive Council are awaiting briefing from the Union’s leadership hours after delegation of the lecturers’ union met with the Federal government, THE NEWS DIGEST can report.

According a top source who is familiar with the strike development, the strike cannot be called off except a NEC meeting is called and the NEC meeting would not be called except there is something substantial has been offered by the Federal government.

“We are still awaiting briefing by the Union’s leadership. It should also be noted that while the strike cannot be suspended without a National Executive Council meeting, the meeting cannot be called except something substantial is offered to the Union by the Federal government. The President cannot decide on his own to call-off the strike and that is how the Union works”  the source noted.

Efforts to reach Professor Biodun Ogunyemi who is the Academic Staff Union of Universities President as at the time of this report proved abortive as he failed to neither pick his call nor respond to text messages as at the time of this report.

The News Digest reports that the Federal government offered the striking lecturers N30billion revitalisation fund to suspend the ongoing strike action and also reportedly suspended the IPPIS which the union has agitated against.