CEM REPORT | The Federal Government in a move to put an end to the just declared indefinite strike by Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has invited Pro-Chancellors and Chairmen of Councils and the Vice-Chancellors of Federal Universities to Abuja.
This is according to a letter by the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, addressed to Federal University council chairmen and vice chancellors, dated August 26th and signed by the Deputy Executives Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Chris Maiyaki.
The letter titled: “Industrial Action by Universities-based Unions: Invitation to a Special interactive meeting with the Honourable Minister of Education,” also copied the Minister of State for Education, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and the Executive Secretary of NUC.
The letter which comes less than 24 hours after ASUU upgraded the strike to indefinite, explains that the meeting is to review the strike action by ASUU, adding that the Governing Councils and the Managements of the Universities on the decisions and actions taken by the Federal Government.
The letter read in part: “As the Pro-Chancellors and Chairmen of Councils and the Vice-Chancellors are quite aware, the industrial action by University-based Unions has led to the closure of the institutions since February 2022.
“You are also aware that the non-teaching Unions have suspended their industrial actions with effect from August 24, 2022, while a final decision is being awaited from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“It has become necessary for the Governing Councils and the Managements of the Universities to be briefed on the decisions and actions taken by the Federal Government so far, to allow for a well-coordinated review of the situation, including building consensus around succeeding actions.
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“Consequently, I am to invite the Pro-Chancellors & Chairmen of Councils as well as Vice Chancellors of Federal Universities to a special interactive meeting with the Honourable Minister of Education (HME).”
The letter states that the meeting is set to hold on Tuesday, September 6th, at NUC Auditorium.