ASUU Strike: South East Govs Adamant

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Five South East governors rose from their meeting in Enugu late last night without  resolving the on going strike by staff of the state universities.

The strike began last July over non implementation of the harmonised salary ASUU national  leadership reached with the Federal Government recently.

Chairman of the forum, Governor Peter Obi of Anambra State told journalists, while  reading the communique, that the governors could not reach an agreement on the matter.

He called for another  meeting to be held on 17 October at Nike Lake Hotel Enugu with  stakeholders from the zone.

The forum in its earlier meeting insisted that ASUU and NASU of each state will  negotiate separately with their state government over the individual payments, arguing  that the Federal Government agreement is not binding on them.

In attendance were Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; Aviation Minister, Mrs  Fidelia Njeze;  Health Minister, Prof. Onyebuchukwu Chukwu and former External Affairs  Minister, Chief Ojo Maduekwe.

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P.M.NEWS gathered that they attended to plead with the governors to shift ground and end  the on going strike in the zone.

Addressing journalists after the meeting, Ekweremadu said: “We are embarrassed that our  students are still out of school.”

According to him, south east caucus in the senate received clarion calls on the issues  of kidnapping in Abia State and the ASUU strike which they wish could be resolved as soon  as possible.

The 17 October meeting in Enugu is expected to be attended by the governors, ministers,  members of the national  and state  assemblies,  ASUU and NASU leaders, church leaders  and other major stakeholders in the zone.

Meanwhile, ASUU nationwide is expected to commence strike today to show solidarity with   their colleagues in the South East zone.

—Jude Orji/Enugu