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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has debunked a claim that the Federal Government invited the university lecturers to a negotiation meeting.
However, a report on Sunday May 8, 2022, stated that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, would be meeting with the striking lecturers on Monday to resolve the lingering crisis.
Following inability of the Federal Government to implement agreements entered into with ASUU, the union had after a one-month warning strike in February, shut down public universities for another two months which will elapse today Monday May 9, 2022.
Ngige, who is also a 2023 presidential candidate under the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, assured Nigerians in a statement on Friday that the lingering crisis would be resolved in a meeting on Monday.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said that the union had not received any invitation from the government.
He said, “The way you heard it, that was how we got the news too. We heard it in the media. The Minister of Labour has not reached out to us for any meeting.
“We expected that if there would be any meeting, he should have reached out to us first before going to the media.”
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Akeem Alao trained as a language teacher. He graduated from Adeniran Ogunsanya college of Education where he studied English/Yoruba Languages and Ekiti State University where he obtained a degree in English Education.