The National Universities Commission (NUC) has fixed a meeting to deliberate the strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The parley has been scheduled for September 6 at the NUC headquarters in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
Expected are the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, Pro-Chancellors, and Vice-Chancellors of federal universities.
NUC Executive Secretary, Prof. Abubakar Rasheed, announced the meeting in a notice on Tuesday.
The chancellors will engage Adamu on the contentious issues and how to end the industrial action.
Rasheed reminded the officials that the ASUU strike led to the closure of the institutions on February 14.
He said non-teaching unions suspended theirs on 24th August 2022, while a final decision is being awaited from ASUU.
“It has become necessary for the governing councils and the management of the universities to be briefed on the decisions and actions taken by the Federal Government so far.
The Minister of State for Education, Rt Hon Goodluck Nanah Opiah, has restated the reasons behind the position of the Federal Government on the no work, no pay policy stance on the resolution of the industrial strike.
He disclosed that having done what the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, demanded, the government expected the university teachers to return to school unconditionally.
The minister, who stated this in a release made available to DAILY POST on Saturday by his SA Media/Public Affairs, Kelechi Mejuobi, said that the Federal Government had done its best to resolve the crisis averred that the “no work, no pay policy” is a universal policy not peculiar to the country alone.
Oprah, who was on a working visit to the Federal University, Lokoja, Kogi State, while regretting that the strike has caused a setback in the education sector where the government, students, parents, and lecturers are the losers, he requested the pro-chancellor’s and chairmen of governing councils of universities to come into the matter and convince ASUU to reconsider its position.
He was full of praise for the management of the institution for the pace of development recorded so far. The minister called for continued harmony between the Governing Council led by the Pro-Chancellor, Senator Chris Adighije, and the management, adding that it will facilitate the needed development for academic excellence
The minister, who was in the university to access the level of development in the institution established 11 years ago, used the opportunity to look at the contribution of the intervention agency, TETfund in the infrastructural development of the school as well as security arrangements gave the current situation in the country.