The Federal Government will be holding a crucial meeting today with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to end the ongoing strike action by the union. The meeting is scheduled to start by 1 p.m., and was called at the instance of the Minister of education, Adamu Adamu, and the government’s negotiating team.

ASUU President; Biodun Ogunyemi confirmed that the FG has invited the union to a meeting, he also stated that the meeting will show how serious the Federal Government are towards ending the strike. A statement from the President yesterday read thus; “The government has invited us for a meeting tomorrow, we are not sure of their seriousness because we have been discussing with them for 16 months without any result”.

On whether the lecturers will be willing to call off the strike if the meeting ends in their favour, the ASUU president said the union members will decide on that.

He also denied the ongoing rumours that the lecturers have accepted government’s proposal to set up an education bank, which was one of the reasons they went on strike in the first place “We have not accepted education banking. We were surprised on reports that we accepted it. It is a means to exploit students and make them pay tuition fee”.

“Some students do not get jobs even five years after graduation and they will be asked to repay a million naira. That is selling them to slavery totally,” ASUU President added.

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