The Academic Staff Union of Universities known as ASUU has debunked a news report that has been circulating online, which stated that the Union has agreed to call off the eight months strike after meeting with the federal government team on Friday November 27, led by Dr Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment.
According to news reports, that ASUU has agreed to call off the strike after the Federal government reportedly increased its offer for Earned Allowance EA from ₦65billion to ₦70billion.
A source within the union revealed that ASUU insisted that the agreement to call of the eight months strike should not be announced to the general public until it has been approved by its members.
But ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, has debunked any knowledge of agreement to call of the strike, noting that at the meeting, it was agreed that the union should deliver the government message to their organization and report back to government.
“I am not aware of that, All i know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But i didn’t know about suspension of strike,” Prof Ogunyemi said.
No Increase In Petrol Pump Price In March – NNPC Assures Nigerians
The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has debunked earlier reports that there will be an addition in the pump price of petrol in this month, March, 2021.
Dr. Kennie Obateru, the Group General Manager, Group Public Affairs Division, in a press release, informed that the Corporation was even thinking of any increment in the price of petrol in March in order not to destabilise the current talks with organized labour and other stakeholders on an viable framework that will stop any hardship to the ordinary Nigerian.
Obateru, also warn petroleum products marketers not to be involved in an arbitrary price increase or start hoarding of petrol product so as to create unnatural scarcity and thereby generating unnecessary hardship for Nigerians.
The Corporation further assured Nigerians that it has adequate stock of petrol to keep the nation for over more than a month and advised motorists and petrol users to avoid panic buying.
It also solicit relevant the authorities in charge of petrol regulations to check of the activities of petrol marketers and immediately sanction those who involved in products hoarding or arbitrary increase of pump price for their selfish gain.