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ASUU and the FG are in key discussions to avoid a strike.

The national leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, and a team from the Federal Government will meet later this week to try to avoid a new round of university lecturers going on strike.

The government team, which will comprise officials from the Education and Labor Ministries, ministers, and leaders of certain important government agencies, will convey the meeting date to ASUU leadership during the week.

Dr Adelaja Odukoya, the Chairman of ASUU's Lagos Zone, told our correspondent yesterday that the meeting would take place this week, based on guarantees from the government.

“As a union, we are not averse to negotiation and peaceful conflict resolution. In this scenario, we are waiting for a call from the government team to schedule a meeting. They said it will be this week, so we're holding our breath. We haven't been given a date, but we're waiting.

“There is no doubt that we have given the administration sufficient time to respond to our demands and carry out the necessary actions. We met with them on August 2nd of this year and gave them until the end of August to complete certain tasks. The time has passed, and none of the demands have been met to date. We've given them plenty of opportunity.

“Let us hope that they will do the right thing this time. People can see, however, that ASUU has been moderate and considerate,” he remarked.

Remember that when the union's nine-month strike ended on December 23, last year, one of the union's expectations was that the N40 billion revitalisation fund pledged to government-owned universities, as well as Earned Academic Allowances, would be paid.

The government, on the other hand, is blaming the Central Bank of Nigeria's (CBN) bureaucracy for the delay in the payment of the grant, a claim that ASUU has continually refuted.

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