ASUU Strike 2013 Update: Lecturers Finally Consider Federal Government’s Offer After Long Hours Of Meeting

ASUU-STRIKE

I guess students can start packing their bags together now. The 13-hour long meeting between the Federal Government, led by President Goodluck  Jonathan and Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has finally ended with  a new wave of optimism.

The meeting ended with the President of the academic body, Nasir Isa Fagge, revealing that the members of ASUU would deliberate on the new offer made by the government and decide to take it or not.

This can be seen as a sign of progress as all the previous meetings have ended up deadlocked.

The Nation Newspaper reports this:

 Speaking with State House correspondents, he said that the meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan discussed how to tackle the problem of University education system in the country.

 He said: “Well we have had lengthy meeting with Mr. President, rubbing minds on how best to address the problem of University education in this country.”

 “And we now have a message from Mr. President we are going to take to our members. And we are expecting that our members will respond appropriately to the message of Mr. President.”

 On whether the lecturers are going back to the classroom, he said: “That is up to our members.” Asked what the message was, he said: “I can’t tell you. Its not for you. It is for our members.”  If impressed with the message, he said: “Don’t put words into my mouth. Our members will determine that.”

 Also speaking with journalists at the end of the meeting, the Minister of Labour Emeka Wogu said: “We made progress, the President of ASUU told you that they are going back with a message from the Federal Government back to their members. And the message is full of high expectations and hope.”

 On whether the strike will be called off, he said: “That is why the message is full of high expectations and hope. So our prayers is that they come back with positive outcome. They might not even come back to meet us, they might take decisions there that will meet your expectations.”

 “Nigerians should be patient for ASUU to finish their meetings and come out with a message to Nigerians.”

 Responding to whether the Federal Government made a fresh offer, her said: “Well, the offer we made are the offer they are taking in line with the 2009 agreement. The issues that led to the strike are issues contained in the 2009 agreement and we did not go beyond the agreement.”

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