The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has disclosed that it has not reached any agreement with the federal government to call-off its nine months old strike.
The ASUU President Professor Biodun Ogunyemi and the coordinator Bauchi zone Professor Lawan Abubakar, stated this in a press statement issued in Bauchi.
The statement said that the principal officers and trustees who constitute the core of representatives of ASUU at the negotiation meeting with the government are not constitutionally empowered to suspend any strike action.
“Whatever comes out of an agreement with agents of government is an offer which must be taken back to the branches through the various organs of the union. Views and perspectives on offers by government are aggregated and presented to government agents as counteroffers.
“This made union strategy of offer and counteroffer is continually deployed until the National Executive council (NEC) of ASUU consisting of all recognized 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.
“ASUU recognises and appreciate the concerns of all Nigerians who have been calling for an early resolution of the ongoing strike crisis. It was a needless crisis that happened because government has consistently failed to faithfully implement the agreements it freely signed with the union,” the statement read.
According to him, the union is equally worried and embarrassed that those in position of authority over the years displayed indifference to the decay in Nigerian public Universities.