16th December, 2013
A National Executive Council, NEC meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is ongoing at the Federal University of Technology (FUT), Minna, Niger State, to decide on when to resume classes.
After five months of strike, ASUU yesterday directed all chairmen of local chapters of the union, the zonal coordinators and past leaders to attend the meeting.
The lecturers, it was learnt, may also use the session to design how to cover the lost grounds for students.
The Federal Government and ASUU reached a compromise during a negotiation brokered by the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Comrade Abdulwaheed Omar.
A source said: “We have been communicated that ASUU may likely hold a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting on Monday at FUT Minna to take a final decision on the strike action.
“The meeting is going to be a formality because ASUU leadership has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Federal Government.
“ASUU’s National President Dr. Nasir Fagge said the union’s NEC would meet and revert to the Federal Government within a week.
“We will use the meeting to make the MoU available to all the branches and design modalities for monitoring the implementation of the agreement.
“The union will also design ways to cover up for missed lectures by students in such a manner that it would not affect academic standards in all universities.”
The source noted that the NEC meeting was required, in line with the constitution of the union, because Dr Fagge could not unilaterally call off the strike.