The National president of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, has confirmed that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union will meet tomorrow to take position on whether to call off the strike or extend it based on the offers by the Federal Government.
It was gathered that the branches of ASUU nationwide would hold their state congresses on Thursday to harvest inputs of members and come up with a position to be communicated to the headquarters of the union.
Osodeke, however, did not say which date the NEC meeting would hold but sources said it would hold on Sunday.
“We will meet and discuss and let you know the outcome,” Osodeke said in response to a question on the next line of action the union is taking based on the Federal Government’s offer and expiration of the one-month rollover strike on August 28.
According to a source, the offers by the Federal Government include 35 percent salary increase, as well as the position of government on the no-work-no-pay policy by which the Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, said the lecturers would not be paid for about seven months they have been on strike.
The ASUU coordinator of Port Harcourt zone, Stanley Ogoun, had revealed that the Federal Government offered to increase the salaries of professors by N60,000 while other lecturers would have their salaries increased within the range of N30,000 and N60,000.
He also noted that the government promised to release the revitalisation fund of N170 billion which would be included in the 2023 budget.
While the last meeting between the Federal Government team and ASUU leadership was deadlocked because of rejection of the proposed 35 percent salary hike, the disagreement was aggravated by the comments credited to the Minister of Education that ASUU would not be paid for the months they have been on strike.
Meanwhile, the Federal Government has commenced the process of registration of the Congress of University Academics (CONUA), a splinter group of ASUU, to stand as a separate trade union in public universities in Nigeria.
It was reported that the group which had been referred to ministerial committee constituted by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, is said to have met all the essential requirement for registration.