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ASUU STRIKE MAY BE CALLED OFF,UNION’S POSTPONED NEC MEETING NOW HOLDS ON SUNDAY

There are indications that barring any last minute changes the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU) which was earlier scheduled to hold today,but postponed indefinitely might be held this weekend to decide on the lingering face-off between the Union and the Federal Government.

This was revealed by one of the prominent leaders of the union who pleaded anonymity because he was not authorized to comment on the matter yet to one of our correspondent.

The meeting which had been postponed earlier today to honour the late Prof. Festus Iyayi, a renown novelist, former ASUU president and prominent leader of the union and one of the negotiators in the industrial impasse between the Union and the Federal government,who passed on yesterday in a ghastly motor accident involving the convoy of the Kogi state governor,Idris Wada.

He reiterated that the news of Prof Iyayi’s sudden death came as a rude shock to the union; most painfully, Late Iyayi was on ASUU official assignment when he met his gruesome and untimely death, so there was nothing the Union could do to honour the late hero at the point than to put on hold it’s NEC meeting scheduled to hold in Kano.

“There is strong indication that the NEC meeting will be reconvened on Saturday”. He further stated in strong term that unless ASUU leaders re-decides, the NEC meeting will hold on Saturday.

When asked if the strike will actually be suspended, he said: “I think so, judging by reports from the Monday congresses we held simultaneously, the union may suspend the strike on Saturday or Sunday.”

It will be recalled that ASUU has been involved in a four month industrial battle with the government over the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement between the government and the union.

After several talks with the government in which the latest round involved the President,Goodluck Jonathan as host, a proposal was made by the government to fund the universities to the tune of N1.2 trillion over a period of five years at N220 billion annually was made to the union which they are to meet and consider as part of efforts to end the impasse.

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