The National President of Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) Abdulwaheed Omar has stated that the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) would soon be called off even as advised security agents to devise new strategies in tackling the security challenges facing the country.
Omar, who spoke in the same vein with Niger State Governor, Dr Muazu Babangida Aliyu, at the 10TH Quadrennial Conference of the Nigeria Civil Service Union yesterday in Minna. He stated that the NLC, in recognizing that ASUU is an affiliate body, held a meeting with the union on Monday and would present the position to Vice-president Namadi Sambo who is now leading the government’s negotiating team.
The NLC president said: “The ASUU strike is a matter of concern to all of us. ASUU is an affiliate of the NLC; we held a meeting two days ago to reach an understanding; we are to meet the vice president.”
He explained that the congress was hoping to bring both parties together, saying that “very soon ASUU strike will be history.”
The NLC boss stated that the strike had reached the level it was because government does things with impunity.
“Government signed an agreement and they said it was previous administration; if government can inherit foreign reserves from the previous administration while dodging the agreement reached by the previous administration, government should fulfill its sides of the bargain,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) has declared seven days of fasting and prayer in all its commands to seek divine solution to the lingering strike by ASUU, which grounded Nigerian universities since July this year.
In a statement by his spokesman, Mr Okeh Emmanuel, the commandant-general of the corps, Prof. Ade Abolurin, who declared the fast, said the decision was motivated by the corps’ desire to bring about a quick end to the industrial action following the deadlock between the federal government negotiating team and the striking university teachers.