The Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) reached possible agreement on Monday towards resolving the ongoing lecturers’ strike.
Sen. Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, revealed this after a reconciliatory meeting with ASUU in Abuja.
Ngige said the meeting was fruitful as an agreement had been reached between the Federal Government and the striking university lecturers.
According to him, the Federal Government has released N15.4 billion for the payment of the salary shortfalls, which was one of the major demands of the union.
But, reacting, the ASUU president said the strike will only be called off after the union reviewed its decisions based on the new commitment by the Federal Government.
He said the strike could only be called off after the NEC meeting.
He, however, did not state when the NEC meeting will hold.
The lecturers have been on strike since November 4 to demand improved funding of universities.
The outcome of the meeting between union and Federal government has since stirred reactions online from Nigerians, especially students.
While some Nigerians urged ASUU to consider the agreement by FG and call off strike, others criticised the union over its demands said to be beneficial to lecturers alone not students.
Here are some comments gathered by DAILY POST online:
@ChibuzorNwafor24 “Please ASUU do whatever it takes to make our stay and education better. They must revamp universities and equip it so they can stop spending for treatment outside.”
@Ajisafeseyi “I know they are going to reach an agreement. So my problem with governance in this country is why wait this long(letting the lecturers go on the 2month strike)before agreeing to their demands..Good news anyway.”
@Mustyjegarh “ASUU please, let me graduate this year.”
@Iamnankpak “Kudos for your persistence thus far, we all plead that the ASUU executives and chapter chairpersons set to discuss the FG offer as fast as possible to allow students return to class.”
@DrAdibest “Can you all see the type of leaders we have? Where did that money come from? Did FG just print the notes today or yesterday? When some critics say the only language Nigerian gov understands is STIKE some will begin to argue. Our leaders don’t kno the economic value of time.”
@hammmeeed “Look at all this ASUU people, before they were talking as if they are fighting for us, now they have given them money now they still want to go and review. This is total wickedness to our future. My parent are suffering to send me to school and you are there wasting my time.”
@Abu_Salaamah “The national executive committee of ASUU union should please meet tomorrow and call it off. Please na beg.”
@Phaboyindamola “When do ASUU want to review again? This is not just fair on the students.”
@GeorgePraiz1 “Calling off the ASUH strike is one thing, keeping up to the school calendar is another thing. Lectures, exams and every other school scheduled activities will be rushed to meet up with the school calendar.At the end of the day, it’s the students that will suffer.”
@Chemistzah “This is not my problem.
My problem is this,after giving the funds to ASUU what actually will they do with the,most federal Technology University don’t have functional labs but from time to time ASUU will cry out loud for more fund.”
@ShoBukolaA “What is just funny to me about this whole thing is that, the money was there all d way, because I feel the word ‘releases’ speaks much volume. They just decided to toil with people’s life, time and career for nothing . God save Nigeria.”
@Tesleem_Lawal “Another bribe. Until 2023 again. This ASUU needs to be proscribed. All the strike, was about salary arrears not about the school or the students.”