The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has debunked claims by the Federal Government that an agreement to call off its ongoing strike has been reached.
Nigeria’s Labour and Employment Minister, Senator Chris Ngige, on Tuesday claimed that ASUU promised to call off their nine-month old strike before Wednesday.
The minister further claimed that the government has delivered on offers made to ASUU.
ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in a swift reaction on Wednesday in Bauchi, pointed out that representatives of the union, do not have the powers to suspend industrial action.
Ogunyemi affirmed that they must follow due process, which, he said, involves transmitting the outcome of negotiations to members and National Executive Council (NEC) 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.
“This trade union strategy of offer and counter-offer is continually deployed until the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU – consisting of all recognised 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.”