The national executive council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is currently in a meeting over the one-month strike embarked upon by the union.

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Emmanuel Osodeke, ASUU president, confirmed the development to TheCable Lifestyle on Sunday night.

“Yes, it’s true we’re having a meeting over the strike,” he said.

In the emergency meeting, which is in progress in Abuja, the union will take a position on whether or not to declare a full-blown strike in the public universities.

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ASUU has been in a tussle with the federal government over unmet demands.

On February 14, the union embarked on a one-month warning strike to press home its demands.

The one-month warning strike will elapse on Monday.

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When asked if there is any possibility the union would call off the strike after the meeting, Osodeke said: “We don’t know yet until we finish the meeting.”

Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment, had earlier said the strike would be called off during his recent meeting with the union’s executives.

The minister had said they agreed on many issues and a timeline was given for the implementation of the agreements at the meeting.

He had added that ASUU officials agreed to return to their members with offers made by the government and revert to him.

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“For me, I think, we are on course, ASUU should go to their members, show them offers made to them by government so that they can call off the strike,” he had said.

Last week, Adamu Adamu, minister of education, said the federal government had inaugurated a seven-member committee to renegotiate its 2009 agreement with ASUU.



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