The meeting between the ASUU and the government was called after the unions declared that their industrial action was not illegal. However, it was gathered that the unions decided to withdraw their notice if they were given the assurance that all universities would operate without interruption duration the strike.
The meeting which was also co-chaired by the Sultan of Sokoto, Sa’ad Abubakar, and the Christian Association of Nigeria’s president
Suwo Olukunle, the former ASUU president, was unsuccessful in convincing the union leaders to return to the classrooms while negotiations are underway to meet their demands.
was attended by other registered trade unions in universities, as well as identified interest groups and civil society groups.
Speaking earlier, Gamarri admonished the university-based unions to focus on the interests of students, noting that resources are not finite.
ASUU President, Prof Emmanuel Osedeke, recalled that NIREC had earlier intervened in the issues last November, noting that the Sultan and CAN leader also met with the President, Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), who set up a three-man committee which met with the union for the first time on Thursday.
We were told by our government, “Why our people are worried is this: even when we went on strike for 12 weeks, that committee will meet with us for the first time today.
If we don’t go on strike, it will take three years.
That is the problem we are having in the system.
“I believe these problems can be resolved within three days if the will is there on both sides.”
It demands the funding for the revitalisation of public universities, the Earned Academic Allowances, the University Transparency Accountability Solution and promotions arrears.
Other events of 2010 are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG agreement, inconsistent implementation of IPPS, and lack of clarity over the allocation of the new salary scale.