THE about five-month-old strike embarked upon by members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may be called off next week.
It was gathered that the union would conclude consultations with its members and may resume class soon.
The union, it was also gathered, had asked the Federal Government to slash across board, salaries of National Assembly members, ministers and other political office holders by 2014.
The demand was placed on the Federal Government at a marathon meeting leadership of the union held with President Goodluck Jonathan and other key government officials at the Presidential Villa, on Monday.
Fulani Herdsmen on ASUU Strike:
Fulani herdsmen under the umbrella of
Miyetti Allah Kautal Hore in Nasarawa State have threatened to stop the sales of beef in markets if the Federal Government fails to end the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) within two weeks.
The herdsmen who gathered at the Miyetti Allah headquarters in Nasarawa expressed their unhappiness over the handling of the issue relating to lecturers’ pay which has resulted in the unnecessary and endless stay-at-home of Nigerian students.
Speaking with newsmen on behalf of the herdsmen, the national president of the association, Alhaji Abdullahi Bodejo, faulted the attitude of the government towards education and urged President Goodluck Jonathan to re-negotiate with the aggrieved union, in order to find a lasting solution to the strike in the interest of students and the country.
“If the federal government refuses to listen to the lecturers, we have no choice than to stop the supply of meat to markets and our women from selling milk (fura da nunu). We have been making efforts to enlighten our people about education, but the government is not encouraging us at all,” Bodejo said. He also called on the union to consider the situation and return to class in the interests of Nigerian students.