For the second time in a row, the Federal Government and the leadership of the Academic Workers Union of Universities (ASUU) meeting on the resolution of the strike action by academics was canceled on Monday, 14 December.
While no explanation was given for the cancelation of the parley scheduled to address the current strike of the union, it was nevertheless learned that ASUU was still consulting its bodies on the latest offer to the protesting university teachers by the Federal Government.
The postponement was announced in a text message by the Deputy Director of Press and Public Relations of the Federal Ministry of Labour and Jobs, Mr. Charles Akpan.
The statement reads;
Colleagues, good morning. Please notice that the ASUU conference, previously scheduled for today (yesterday), has been canceled. The Technical Committee on PMS will be inaugurated as planned.
For his part, the President of the ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said that the leadership of the union did not agree on any meeting with the government as negotiations were still underway on both sides.
In fact, we never decided on any meeting. What we said was due consultations, and consultations are taking place at the two levels. We believe there is also consultation on the government side. That’s why the meeting has not taken place.
“So there are consultations going on. Thank you.”