The latest report reaching us today is that the Nigerian Federal Government has summoned Pro-chancellors, Chairmen of Governing Councils and Vice-chancellors to an important meeting next week after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) declared an indefinite strike yesterday.
According to a confirmed source, the invitation circular said the meeting was called by the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu.
The circular, which was addressed to Federal University council chairmen and vice-chancellors, is dated August 26th and signed by the Deputy Executive Secretary, National Universities Commission (NUC), Chris Maiyaki.
The circular sent from the Minister of education office, titled: Industrial action by university-based unions: Invitation to a special interactive meeting with the minister of education, also copied the Minister of State for Education, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education and the Executive Secretary of NUC.
According to the information on the circular, this crucial meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 6th, at the NUC Auditorium.
The letter reads in part:
As the Pro-Chancellors and Chairmen of Councils and the Vice-Chancellors are quite aware, the industrial action embarked on, by the University-based Unions has led to the stand-still of all academic institutions since February 2022.
The circular further reveals that non-teaching Unions have suspended their industrial actions, starting from the 24th of August 2022, while a final decision is being awaited from the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The reason why this meeting was called is that the federal government of Nigeria felt that the Governing Councils and the Managements of the Universities are to be briefed on the decisions and actions taken so far by the Federal Government. Giving them ample time and detailed information, allowing them to review the situation, including building consensus around succeeding actions.
“Consequently, I am to invite the Pro-Chancellors & Chairmen of Councils as well as Vice Chancellors of Federal Universities to a special interactive meeting with the Honourable Minister of Education (HME).”