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BREAKING: ASUU yet to decide on strike action as meeting continues

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is yet to take a final decision on whether or not to embark on its proposed strike action, The Nation can authoritatively report.

The union is holding a crucial National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which kicked off yesterday at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) Akoka.

The Nation observed that principal officers of ASUU as well as branch chairmen and delegates from various institutions including OOU, UNAAB, TASUED, UNN, AAU Ekpoma, AAUA, UNIABUJA, EBSU, UI and UNILORIN, among others are attending the meeting in UNILAG.

A NEC member, who craved anonymity at the ongoing meeting, told our correspondent: “There will be a press conference tomorrow, and our position will be announced.

“But for now, the meeting is still ongoing and may span till night, and no one can say where the direction of the meeting is heading to yet

“The final decision on strike will be decided through voting, and all the members present would vote either for — or against it.”

He explained several demands of the union include: “The issue of irregular/non-payment of salaries and subventions in state universities, refusal of Visitors to state universities to fund existing universities, rather they keep on establishing new ones

“The issue of IPPIS which the union is clamoring for it to be replaced with the University Transparency and Accountability System (UTAS).”

He stated that members of the union were not happy with the state of things but will go with the final decision of NEC.

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