The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria has denied that it agreed with the Nigerian government to call off its ongoing strike on December 9, 2020.
Senator Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, has on Tuesday claimed that ASUU promised to call off their nine-month-old industrial action before Wednesday.
Senator Ngige further stated that the Federal government has delivered on offers made to the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
On Wednesday, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the ASUU president, however, in a statement made it clear that ASUU representatives don’t have the powers to suspend the ongoing strike.
According to Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, they must follow due process, which involves transmitting the outcome of negotiations to the National Executive Council (NEC) and members of ASUU for further deliberations and actions.
“To put the records straight, the Principal Officers and Trustees who constitute the core of representatives of ASUU at negotiation meetings with the government are not constitutionally empowered to suspend any strike action.
“Whatever comes out of an engagement with agents of the government is an offer that must be taken back to the branches through the various organs of the union,” part of the statement read.
He added that “this trade union strategy of offer and counter-offer is continually deployed until the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU – consisting of all recognized chairpersons – finally approves what it considers an acceptable offer from the government. It is only then that any strike action by ASUU can be suspended.”
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