ASUU strike continues indefinitely as 80% of members vote in support

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Eighty per cent of members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have voted for the continuation of the ongoing nationwide strike.

This decision was reached at a referendum held at the Oyo State chapter of the Union, in Ibadan, where 200 members voted in agreement, while only 50 people voted to end the strike.

The chairman of ASUU at the university, Deji Omole, was quoted as saying the congress only conducted referendum on the offers of government.

Omole also noted that the government had promised to release N25 billion for the revitalisation of universities while it would work on the other part of the demand after identifying sources to fund them.

Omole said the referendum was conducted to know if the union should end the strike or not.

He affirmed that members voted for the continuation of the strike because the government is yet to meet all of its demand.

ASUU and the Nigerian government are yet to come to an agreement on funds for the revitalisation of universities.

The union is demanding N50billion but the FG released only N25billion, saying it does not have N50billion.

Speaking after the last meeting, Chris Ngige, Minister for Labour and Employment said, “We have met it halfway. We have offered what we have; we don’t have N50 billion.”

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