The President, Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke has said that the union is willing to end its seven-month old strike.
Professor Osodeke, however, said this could only be achieved if concrete agreements were reached with the Federal Government.
Osodeke gave the assurance in Abuja on Thursday at a National Town Hall Meeting on Tertiary Education tagged: ‘ The Locked Gates of our Citadels -A National Emergency.’
Recall that the union embarked on industrial action on Feb.14, making it over seven months since public universities across the country were closed down.
The Federal Government recently sued ASUU at the industrial court in an attempt to end the strike.
“On all these issues, we have given the government a minimum that we can accept, but they have not responded on issue of revitilisation, on issue of earned allowance and on issues that we have all discussed.
” We negotiated and agreed that they should sign and this is very simple, not more than one day.
” On UTAS and IPPIS , we say release the report of the test you did and let’s look at the one who came first and take it as we agreed.
” So we have given them the minimum we want and we have to come down and they can do it in one day if there is a will,” he said.
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Osodeke, therefore, reiterated the union’s commitment to return to school if the Federal Government puts its proposal on the table, saying that negotiation could be reached if the government was willing.
“If the government loves this country, these children and their parents, then they should come to the table and let us resolve these issues in one day.
The ASUU president expressed sadness over the lingering strike resulting to government taking the union to court.