ASUU branches to vote on calling off strike Tuesday, Wednesday

Members of the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will vote on Tuesday (today) and Wednesday at their branches over their resolution on the ongoing eight-month-old industrial action.

A top member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU who disclosed this in Abuja on Tuesday saying that the decision of the various branches will be transmitted to the NEC for final decision.

Speaking with Punch, the source said, “We got the directive after the meeting with the speaker yesterday (Monday). The intervention was timely. Branches will vote between today and tomorrow after which the decisions will be convened to the NEC.”

The union’s new decision is sequel to the meeting between the leadership of the union and the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, who called several meetings to intervene between ASUU and the Nigerian Government.

Femi Falana (SAN), the lead counsel for ASUU earlier explained that the strike which started on February 14 this year would be called off in a few days.

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After several meetings between the ASUU leadership and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige on behalf of the FG has failed. The FG has been forced to sue ASUU at the National Industrial Court.

In its ruling on September 21, the NIC in favour of the FG ordered ASUU to end the strike and return to the classroom.

Not satisfied with the ruling, ASUU appealed the judgment of the court. However, the Court of Appeal upheld the ruling of the lower court and ordered the striking lecturers to “immediately” call off the strike.

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