Kano Govt Meets ASUU, Demands Suspension Of Strike In State-Owned Varsities

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The government of Kano State called a meeting with the Academic Staff Union of Institutions (ASUU) chapters of the two state universities in the state on Tuesday evening, with the main demand being the suspension of the ongoing strike action.

ASUU representatives from Kano University of Science and Technology (KUST), Wudil University, and Yusuf Maitama Sule University met with state government officials (YUMSUK).

After hours of discussion, everyone agreed to meet again in a week, but nothing came of it. Usman Bala Muhammad, the Head of Civil Service for the state of Kano, appealed to the union and even asked the union's leaders to temporarily halt their ASUU membership for three months.




But he gave the union a week to rethink their options and meet again to find a "bitter truth" solution that would let academic activities get back on track.

"It’s not possible; we cannot even go to the national with these demands." "We can't, and it's better that we give you the truth," one of the union leaders emphasized.

When asked after the meeting if the government intended to take action against the striking lecturers, the Head of Service stated that there were no plans to do so at this time, but that the government would find a method if the strike continued.

"We can’t decide on sending people out of their job until that is the only option. You have to get them involved and have them voluntarily agree to agreements with the employer," he said.


Abdulqadir Muhammad, ASUU's Kano coordinator, said, "We have told the government in clear terms that we are not coming back to tell them anything different from what we explained to them today unless, before the week runs out, there is actually a new development at the level of the union at the central level."

"Before we decided to embark on this strike, even at the center, we knew that there would be consequences, and our members were determined that whatever the consequences, we would take them in as much as these issues had not been addressed. It's something we have to give up in order to succeed. The government can make a different decision if it so chooses.

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