By Chris Ochayi
ABUJA â€”Â Determined to resolve the face-off between the Federal Government and striking Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), over the industrial crisis, the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) has promised to meet with President Umaru Yarâ€™Adua to give necessary directives that will end the three-month strike.
Chairman, Board of Trustees (BOT) of ACF, Lieutenant-General Jeremiah Useni (rtd) who stated this in Abuja shortly after a closed door meeting with the leadership of ASUU, however, said meeting with President Yarâ€™Adua would only become imperative if the minister lacked the powers to give such directives.
According to Useni, â€œthis meeting is in continuation of our search for peaceful resolution of the crisis between ASUU and the Federal Government. It is a good idea that we should seek the lecturersâ€™ problems and we are eager to resolve this matter within the shortest possible time, if we can, in one week.
â€œAfter all, the VP gave them one week to conclude everything, but from the fixation from ASUU, the three weeks meeting could not hold due to one reason or the other.
Even the VP felt that it could have been resolved in one week, we believe it is possible to sit down if need be to discuss from morning till evening, conclude everything within one week,â€ he said.
On whether the group would advise government to sign the agreement immediately, he said: â€œWe are not talking of signing or no signing, since there are so many things apart from signing the agreement, both of them at a point in time disagreed sharply.
â€œFor instance, the Federal Government said it was no more participating in the negotiation. Then there was the VP aspect of it, he gave a directive, which did not materialise. So, nobody is talking about signing or no signing.
All what we are saying at the moment is that ASUU has agreed to discuss, the Federal Government has made some pronouncements that they are ready to go back to the negotiating table,â€ he said.