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Strike: ASUU in secret meeting, keeps mum

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By AbdulSalam Muhammad

KANO – The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU,  National Executive Council, weekend, met in Kano.  The secret meeting,Vanguard gathered lasted from Friday night to Saturday morning.

However, at the end of the meeting, lecturers  were not forthcoming with the outcome, which sources say was borne out of the promise made to President Goodluck Jonathan  by the union to inform him of its decision before going public.

It was learnt  that the NEC meeting which attracted ‘fair representation’ from over 50 universities was held  at Mambayya House. Vanguard gathered lecturers were divided on the issue of suspension of the over 5months strike.

The Universities lecturers were conveyed to the venue of the secret meeting in two  Coaster buses, secured by the union’s Kano chapter, in order to  avoid the attention of the press and public.

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A competent source close to ASUU told Vanguard in Kano that “we still have 40 – 60 percent situations here after the meeting; the resolution from the north favours the call off while their peers from the South strongly support the continuation of the strike”.

According to the source, “however , we were able to take a middle course that would be pleasant to Nigerians, but that will not be discussed now at the public domain until we  meet Mr. President in line with our last discussion”.

Effort to reach Dr Nasiru Fagge, the national President of ASUU  was abortive as he failed to pick  up calls.

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