ASUU strike: We have met union’s demands – FG By Ameh Comrade Godwin on December 4, 2013

The presidency Tuesday said there was no need for members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to continue with its ongoing strike, saying that the Federal Government has finally met with their demands. It said the agreement was reached following the last meeting held between Federal Government and ASUU. This is coming as the seven-day ultimatum issued to ASUU elapsed today. Speaking in Abuja during an interactive session with leaders of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Youth and Students’ Matters, Comrade Jude Imagwe stated that larger members of the union campus chapters had voted for the immediate call-off of the strike. According to Imagwe, ASUU leaders must work in line with the latest directives by ensuring that all students get back to school as the government would ensure tight security on campuses, adding that, “The Nigerian public should be informed that the government has met all the promises they made on this ASUU issue. If they have not agreed, there was no reason for them to have said they would meet their members and get back . It means there was an agreement that was reached. “The Minister of Education’s announcement that lecturers should resume was not in anyway targeted at threatening or compelling the leadership of ASUU to go back to school.” In his remarks, NANS president, Comrade Yinka who maintained that NANS was neutral, said that it supports a just cause, adding that the Association was standing by the government because it was working in line with its desire, which was for all schools to reopen.

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