ASUU Strike Continues As Aso Rock Meeting Ends In Deadlock

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has turned down the president’s request to end its on-going strike.

During a meeting called by the Chief of Staff to the President, Prof Agboola Gambari, and the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, on Thursday, the Federal Government and the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council failed to persuade the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities to end their strike.

The union reaffirmed its stance on the strike during a meeting with Federal Government officials in the Presidential Villa in Abuja on Thursday night.

President Muhammadu Buhari’s Chief of Staff, Prof. Ibrahim Gambari, had called the union to a meeting in Aso Rock.

The conference, which ended without a truce, was attended by Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour.

Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, the Union’s Chairman, accused the Federal Government of withholding professors’ pay in order to force them back into the classroom.

Renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and inconsistencies in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System are among the others.

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