ASUU Strike Called Off? IMAGE SOURCE: PM News
ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi IMAGE SOURCE: PM News

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday dismissed tittle-tattles it has called off the ongoing strike.

Responding to a Twitter user, @BuikeTalks, who insinuated ASUU’s Twitter account is now his favourite public service Twitter handle, the body used the opportunity to ask the public to disregard rumours the months-old strike has been cancelled.

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“We pray it remains so after the union calls off this industrial action. Meanwhile, ignore any announcements as to calling off the strike today. Our response to the delegation of will be made available on Thursday, 7th February 2019.”

In early November, ASUU commenced a nationwide industrial action following the inability of the Federal Government to respond to its demands.

Concise News reports that the Federal Government has called on the ASUU to call off the strike they embarked upon since November 4.

Malam Adamu Adamu, the Minister of Education revealed during the “Sixth Edition of the Ministerial Press Briefing’’ in Abuja that disbursement was ongoing through the Office of the Accountant General of the Federation.

According to him, the government had resolved all issues and await the academic unions to also call off their strike in the coming days, especially ASUU and ASUP.

He stressed that the Federal Government had reached agreement in the following areas: Review of Polytechnic Act; government awaits the transmittal of the amended document by the National Assembly to Mr President for his assent.

He also says the present government is committed to the revitalisation of facilities in its public tertiary institutions.

Speaking further, the minister notes the government had directed the Minister of Finance to source for additional funding to the tune of N30 billion for the purpose, with particular reference to polytechnics and colleges of education.

Series of meetings between ASUU representatives and the Federal Government has continuously proved futile. It remains to be seen how soon the strike will come to an end going by Malam Adamu’s claim.