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ASUU refuses to suspend strike after meeting with house of reps

ASUU refuses to suspend strike after meeting with house of reps

The leadership of the House of Representatives today met with some ministers and the Academic Staff Union of Universities over the dispute between the two parties.

Speaker of the house, Femi Gbajabiamila and other principal officers hosted the meeting, following the decision of the lawmakers to intervene in the disagreement that caused ASUU to embark on strike.

ASUU had announced the action, on Monday, saying it is meant to compel the federal government to implement its 2019 agreement and resolution with the union.

The union also said its demand includes the implementation of the 2013 and 2017 memoranda of understanding that are yet to be implemented.

At the meeting, ASUU refused to suspend its two-week strike.

Gbajabiamila had pleaded with the ASUU leadership to suspend the strike while talks to settle their dispute with the federal government continue.

But Ogunyemi told the speaker that the request is putting him on the spot and that he cannot take any action without consulting the union.

He said the union’s leadership will table the request before its national executive council, and give the speaker feedback on its decision “early next week”.

Just yesterday, the minister of labour and productivity, Chris Ngige had faulted the position of ASUU.

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