The National Strike Coordinating Committee of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has started a meeting in line with the ongoing strike in Nigerian public universities, The PUNCH can confirm.

A very reliable source confirmed the development in an interview with our correspondent on Wednesday evening.

ASUU had started a nationwide strike on Monday 14 February 2022.

The union had blamed the government for failing to meet some of its lingering demands, including releasing the fees earned for teachers; release of revitalization funds for universities; use of the University System Transparency Accountability for the payment of, among other things, salaries and allowances for lecturers.

The union had held a series of meetings with government representatives.

The last meeting was a dialogue between the committee emeritus professor Nimi Briggs and the union.

“The meeting of the strike organizing committee has begun. Other processes will follow. However, it is important to know that if the government does not meet our demands, it will be difficult to call off the strike.”

ASUU’s national president, Emmanuel Osodeke, was not immediately available for comment at the time of filing this report.

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