Nigerian students have lamented after a meeting between the striking Academic Staff of Nigerian Universities and the Federal Government ended in a deadlock.
ASUU embarked on a strike on Monday, February 14, 2022, following the failure of the government to meet some of the lingering demands of the union.
According to The PUNCH, ASUU and the FG failed to reach an agreement after a three-hour meeting on Tuesday.
“The meet with the FG’s team was headed by Professor Nimi Briggs and it started by 12:00 pm and ended by 3:00 pm. There was no new offer on the table, they simply begged us to call off the strike,” the top ASUU official told The PUNCH.
Another source said, “ The lecturers left angrily, though we cannot really ascertain what was discussed with them as you can see, we were not invited, but the proposal presented was rejected”, a top ministry official also confirmed.
Also confirming the development, a member of the ASUU National Executive Committee who asked not to be quoted explained to our correspondent that the government was “unserious” with the negotiations.
“They are not serious. I can’t go over the details with you because the president is responsible for disseminating the information. The proposal presented was unreasonable. There is no hope in sight”.
Below are some reactions
@Mercy tweeted, “This strike is not only affecting students, all these women that sell provisions and other stuffs inside school and in students area, all these men that drive the commercial bus at students area, how do you want them to survive?”
@Jacintajasin3 tweeted, “Pls end the strike 😭😭. Am tired of staying at home😭😭”
@Muktar, “This time around was bunch of rubbish what a life i don’t even no when Nigeria will progress”
@Onacious tweeted, “Them say d meeting ended in deadlock abi na dreadlocks again abi? E no shock me sha cause e no get any kind of plot twist wey man no go see for this ASUU-FGN series”
@OluwatosinMary4 tweeted, “I remember that I spent nine (9) whole months at home because of #ASUUstrike back then in 2020. From March 9 (Monday) to December 23 (Wednesday), 2020.😭😭😭😥😢😰😩😫🥺🙁😮😣.
Please consider the career prospect of the ordinary Nigerian youth. Biko”