The Federal Government under President Muhammadu Buhari has reportedly summoned Pro-Chancellors, Vice-Chancellors, and Chairmen of councils of all Federal Universities to a compulsory interactive meeting scheduled on September 5, 2022.
This was contained in a circular released by the Nigerian University Commission (NUC) on August 26, 2022, but obtained by today, Tuesday, August 30, 2022.
The meeting will be mainly on the lingering strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Recall that the ongoing ASUU strike started on February 14 and was extended for another four weeks terminated yesterday, August 29, 2022.
Last week, the Minister of Education Adamu Adamu said the Federal Government had addressed most of the union’s demands including the release of N50b for the payment of earned allowances for academic and non-academic and non-academic staff of universities but said the that the union will not be paid the arrears of the strike period.
The union has also insisted on not calling off the lingering strike until the arrears are settled.
In circular titled INDUSTRIAL ACTION BY UNIVERSITY-BASED UNIONS: INVITATION TO A SPECIAL INTERACTIVE MEETING WITH THE HONOURABLE MINISTER OF EDUCATION reads; As the Pro-Chancellors and Chairman of Councils and the Vice-Chancellors are quite aware, the industrial action by University-based Unions has led to the closure of the institutions since February 2022.
“You are also aware that the non-teaching Unions have suspended their industrial actions with effect from 24 August 2022, while a final decision is being awaited by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
“It has become necessary for the Governing Councils and the Managements of the Universities to be briefed on the decisions and actions taken by the federal government so far, to allow for a well-coordinated review of the station, including building consensus around according to actions.
“Consequently, I am to invite the Pro-Chancellors & Chairmen of Councils as well as ViceChancellors of Federal Universities to a special interactive meeting with the HonourableMinister of Education (HME).”
According to the circular, the meeting will hold on Tuesday, September 6, 2022, at 11.00 am. The venue of the meeting is Prof. Idris Abdulkadir Auditorium, NUC Secretariat, Abuja.
See the circular below: