The about six-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has been called off in Minna, Niger State.
A member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the union who pleaded anonymity told our correspondent yesterday that the NEC members are optimistic that the strike would be called off today at the Minna meeting.
“All the NEC members from the 61 branches of the union will be meeting tomorrow Monday (today) at the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna. We are going to receive the report of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that was signed between our union and the Federal Government.
“We are optimistic that the strike will be brought to an end tomorrow (today), but that would depend on our deliberation tomorrow (today). Based on the discussion I had with some of my colleagues, it is most likely that the strike will end tomorrow (today). So, let me tell our students to start preparing to return to classes for lectures,” the source said.
Earlier yesterday in an interview with the Voice of America (VOA) Hausa service, the National President of ASUU, Dr. Nasir Fagge, confirmed that ASUU’s NEC would meet but refused to disclose the venue and date. Some students interviewed by Daily Trust expressed excitement over the development.
“I am ready to sacrifice even the Christmas and the New Year breaks. We have had enough breaks and I wouldn’t mind to continue with my lectures uninterrupted. You know the strike came when we were about to start our examinations at the Faculty of Social Sciences of ABU. This is cheering news and I hope that the ASUU’s meeting of tomorrow (today) will confirm our excitement,” Sa’idu Musa, an ABU student, said.