GIST OF THE DAY: Strike: Senate, ASUU, FG meetingdeadlocked

ABUJA- THE negotiations among the Senate, the
Federal government and the leadership of the
Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU over
the ongoing industrial action embarked by
universities lecturers ended without  parties
reaching any compromise.
The meeting which was at the instance of the
chairman, Senate Committee on Education,
Senator Uche Chukwumerije, PDP Abia North, was
called to pacify the striking lecturers with a bid
to finding a common ground. However, a source
at the meeting revealed that all efforts to push
for a call off of the strike proved abortive as
members of ASUU stood their grounds.
The source also said that for well over seven
hours, Chukwumerije was literarily on his knees
pleading with the lecturers to consider the
plights of the students and call off the strike,
but ASUU members refused to shift ground.
The meeting had in attendance, Secretary to the
Government of the Federation, SGF, Senator
Anyim Pius Anyim, Minister of Education,
Professor Ruquayyatu Rufai; Executive Secretary,
National Universities Commission, NUC, Professor
Julius Okojie and members of the Senate
Committee on Education,among others.
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