The National Universities Commission has called for a meeting between Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and the Pro-Chancellors and Vice-Chancellors of federal universities on the 6th of September. NUC’s intention is to mediate between the federal government and ASUU to establish a lasting solution for the indefinite strike. 

Why it matters 
The differences in reports from the federal government and the leadership of ASUU has left many Nigerian students and parents confused as to the exact details causing the lingering of the strike. While the federal government claims it has fulfilled 80% of the lecturers’ demands, ASUU continues to list demands not fulfilled by the federal government. To address this, the NUC called for a meeting to review the steps taken by both parties. 

In case you missed it 
ASUU has been on strike since February 14th, following the federal government’s failure to address the university’s union demands. The lectures union demanded for a: “Renegotiation of the ASUU-FGN 2009 agreement; release of revitalization funds for universities; deployment of the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers; release of earned allowances; and the release of the white paper report of the visitation panels to universities.”

  • Several unions in the country, including Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) pleaded ASUU’s cause to the federal government. 
  • The federal government stance according to the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu was that it had met the union’s demand except the payment of 6 months’ salary arrears
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