by ‘Jola Sotubo
Just when it seemed that the light at the end of the tunnel could be seen in the case of the ongoing Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike, reports have emerged that the strike might not be called off this week as hoped.
News surfaced recently that this week might finally see the end of the four month old strike which has kept thousands of university students at home.
Contrary to expectations however, it has been revealed that members of the body might not suspend the industrial action this week as different branches of the group have conflicting opinions on whether the strike should be called off or not.
President Jonathan held a meeting with the leadership of ASUU last week, where he made some offers which ASUU was expected to take to their members for deliberation with the hope that it will pacify them into resuming academic activities this week.
Congresses of the 61 chapters of the union were therefore held, yesterday, while the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting will hold tomorrow in one of the northern universities.
The outcome of the union’s congresses indicated that there was disagreement on the need to call off the strike.
Vanguard gathered that while some ASUU chapters were ready to suspend the strike in the light of the President’s intervention, others insisted that they will continue the strike due to what they described as their distrust for the government.
It was learnt that while the University of Lagos, UNILAG, resolved to suspend the strike, chapters like the University of Ibadan, UI; University of Benin, UNIBEN; University of Calabar, UNICAL; University of Jos, UNIJOS and the Lagos State University, LASU, said the strike must continue, arguing that the Federal Government could not be trusted to fulfil its promise of injecting over N1.1 trillion to universities in the next five years.