Tuesday, 3 December 2013
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday described the directive of the Federal Government that the universities be reopened and lecturers return to work, as a fruitless move, even as the union insisted that all its members should remain on strike.
Speaking at a press conference held in Abuja, National President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Fagge, tagged as false reports that over 60 per cent of ASUU branches voted to suspend the strike.
He explained that 48 out of the 52 branches of ASUU elected that the strike be suspended only when conditions enumerated by the union were met. This was just as four branches voted for the suspension of the strike before pursuing the implementation of the conditions.
Fagge also stated that ASUU’s resolve to ignore the ultimatum issued by the Federal Government, vowing that lecturers would only return to work when the 2009 agreement as discussed at the November 4, 2013 meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan was implemented.