A meeting between the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) the Federal Government to resolve the ongoing strike by the academic union is presently going on at the office of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)

Daily Times exclusively learnt that the closed door meeting is being held between ASUU officials and the FG team led by the Benue State Governor, Gabriel Suswan


The Minister of Education, Prof. Ruquyyatu Rufai, had on Monday expressed hope the ongoing ASUU strike is likely to be called off after Tuesday?s meeting between the union and the Federal Government.

The Benue State governor has been put in charge of trying to revamp the education sector and has already said that President Jonathan Goodluck would soon unveil projects to the tune of N1 billion for the universities.

Meanwhile, the National Council of Muslim Youth Organisation has urged the Federal Government to honour the pact it entered into with the Academic Staff Union of Universities ”as a matter of priority.”

The group made the appeal in a statement jointly signed by its National President and National Publicity Kamaleedden Akintunde and Suleiman Ukandu, respectively.

In the statement in Umuahia on Tuesday, the group urged the Federal Government to take steps to restore normalcy in the university system.

It stated that respecting its pact with ASUU would end the current industrial action by the union that had paralysed academic activities in the nation?s state and federal universities.

It also noted that an end to the impasse would save the university system from decay and imminent collapse.

The group attributed the differences arising from the nation?s multi-religious faith on ??ignorance, lack of understanding and incorrect interpretation of the revealed holy books from Allah.??

It called on Nigerians to embrace peace and ”to emulate the act of justice exemplified by the messengers and prophets of Allah.”

It commended the House of Representatives for the passage of the bill on Local Government autonomy but urged the Senate to have a re-think on the same matter.

It enjoined the nation?s youths to create a platform for collaboration and synergy in combating the various challenges militating against their growth and national development, irrespective of religious affiliation.

”We urge divergent and adverse interests to take Nigerian unity into consideration foremost by taking actions capable of strengthening our unity,” it stated.


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