Jonathan’s Dialogue With ASUU Ends With Expectations

Fillers coming from the Federal Government suggest that resolution may be in sight for the ongoing industrial action embarked on by Academic Staff Union of … Continue reading Jonathan’s Dialogue With ASUU Ends With Expectations


Fillers coming from the Federal Government suggest that resolution may be in sight for the ongoing industrial action embarked on by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria.

Rising from a meeting between the President and the leadership of ASUU, the Minister of Labour, Emeka Wogu who spoke to Channels Television State House Correspondent on behalf of the Federal Government said that considerable progress has been made and that Nigerians should expect a positive reaction from the striking lecturers.

The meeting which lasted 13 hours raised hopes among Nigerians, and there were expectations that the President stepping in personally would yield an immediate result, but ASUU President, Nasir Fagge insisted that it was too soon for the union to make any statement until members are briefed on the meeting.

“We now have a message from Mr. President that we are going to take to our members, and we are expecting that our members will respond appropriately to the message of Mr. President.”

When asked about the possibility of going back to the classrooms, Mr. Faggie said “that is up to our members.”

It will be recalled that the legislative arm of the government had stepped into the 4 month old ASUU crisis by appealing to the lectures to embrace a dialogue with the government towards finding a “win-win” resolution to it.

Senate President, David Mark remarked that “national interest is at stake as students have been out of classrooms for about 4 months now and that is not in the interest of anybody. We are not happy, the parents are not happy and the Government is not happy…it’s only proper that we have it resolved as quickly as possible.”