Strike: SERAP threatens to sue FG, ASUU

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SERAP

Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project, SERAP, has threatened to sue the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over the ongoing strike embarked upon by lecturers.

The group said it would give the two parties up till Tuesday next week to reach an agreement or be ready to face  a court case.

The group said students were being denied opportunity of education and human dignity as a result of the ongoing strike.

“It’s now over a month without a deal to end ASUU strike action. We have been contacted by many students caught up in the action. We’re taking legal action against @AsoRock and ASUU if you fail to agree a deal and re-open our universities by next Tuesday,” the group warned in its tweet.

SERAP added:  “No child should be humiliated and deprived of an education and human dignity because of the failure of @AsoRock and @ASUUNGR to agree a deal to end strike action. Every child has a right to exploit his/her talents including through university education.”

For the third time since ASUU embarked on strike, no agreement has been reached on how to solve the problem.

The last meeting being the one held on Tuesday at the Ministry of Education in Abuja.

It was adjourned without any conclusion.

The National President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, who spoke with journalists shortly after the meeting said:  “For now, we have started to discuss, we are yet to reach any concrete decision. Once we have more information, we will make ourselves available to the press.”

Negotiation, he said, would continue soon when the meeting resumed.

According to him, the meeting would reconvene very soon to continue negotiations.

Among others at the meeting on the side of the government were the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, and the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Education, Sunny Echono.

The discussion at the meeting borders on the funding for revitalisation of universities; earned academic allowances; staff schools; pension matters; salary shortfalls, Treasury Single Account exemption; and state universities.