Temper rose high, as a meeting between the Nigerian Government and University Lecturers have ended with near exchange of blows.
Recall, that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, began a nationwide strike this week, over demands for improved funding of Universities, and welfare of Lecturers.
Post-Nigeria gathered that Thursday’s meeting to resolve the lingering crisis, ended in deadlock.
In his opening remark, the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige, said ASUU did not follow the proper procedure before starting the strike.
“There must be a mandatory letter of 15 days to Labour, to Education, before going on strike”, he said, referring to the Ministries of Labour and Education.
“All agreements are supposed to be domiciled in the Ministry of Labour, in order to track implementation, as agreement gives room to renegotiation”, Ngige noted.
In his response, the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, said Ngige had taken sides with his Education colleague, Adamu Adamu.
“There was a letter dated July 10, to inform the major stakeholders. In the last 10 months, we’ve written 10 letters trying to reach out to relevant stakeholders, after suspending the seven days warning strike, in November, last year,” he said.
“This is not a fresh action, and we are open to suggestions.”
The meeting later went into a technical session.
In the end, the ASUU Chairman angrily stormed out of the venue, saying that the strike continued, and that the Union would revert to the government next week.