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FG Is to be blamed If Universities Are Shut Down’, SSANU Tells Nigerians

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Union on Sunday asked Nigerians to hold the Federal Government responsible if the nation’s universities are shut indefinitely.

This was just as the Academic Staff Union of Universities promised what it called “suffocating strike” if the government fails to heeds its call for an urgent resolution.

 

Chairman of SSANU in an address on Sunday said the union had employed all means to have the universities open.

THE Federal Ministry of Education has said it will not enter into agreements with the Academic Staff Union of Universities under duress.

 

The ministry called on ASUU to call off its strike “so that we will not have gunpoint negotiations and make promises that we will not be able to fulfil.”

 

The ministry’s spokesman, Ben Goong, made this known in an interview with The PUNCH on Sunday.

 

Our correspondent also gathered that the National Executive Council of the union, which is currently meeting at the University of Abuja, would announce the final decision on whether to proceed with an indefinite strike or suspend the current industrial action today (Monday).

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The National President, ASUU, Emmanuel Osodeke, confirmed that the NEC was indeed meeting, but refused to make further comments.

 

“The NEC is meeting and details will be communicated,” the ASUU president simply said.

 

However, a high ranking source in the NEC told our correspondent that the union would have no choice but to go on full blown strike as the government had failed to do anything tangible to meet its demands.

 

“The government has not done any tangible thing since the announcement of the warning strike. As much as we are not happy about going on strike, I am afraid to say that we have no choice this time. However, the final decision lies with the NEC,” the source said.

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