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The ASUU strike 2013 continues, and the latest update is that the union held a “secret meeting” on Friday into Saturday, and may call off the strike on Saturday.
The so-called secret meeting, as called by the Daily Trust, was already known. Dr. Lawan Abubakar, the chairman of the ASUU branch at Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, told the Daily Post on Thursday that the meeting was going to be held.
The meeting was rescheduled after the sudden death of Festus Iyayi, a former president of the union.
The union leadership and President Goodluck Jonathan’s team met two weeks ago and there was optimism all around afterward. The leadership took the federal government’s offer to the union branch leaders, who then voted at each school across the country regarding whether to continue the strike or not. The clear majority voted to end the strike.
That set up the National Executive Council meeting, which was originally supposed to be held on November 13. If the union had voted to end the strike, then a meeting was planned with Jonathan the next day to finalize the move.
But on November 12 the sudden death of Iyayi, a professor and former president of the ASUU, shocked the union, prompting leadership to call a 7-day mourning period, and throwing into question any ending of the strike.
Now the union is officially confirmed to be meeting in Kano, according to the Daily Trust, citing a source who spoke on condition of anonymity.
Members of the National Executive Council of the ASUU parked their vehicles in Bayero University.
Then they took a bus to an undisclosed location, where the meeting is happening.
The source said that it’s possible that the strike will be called off on Saturday, a move that was also expected.