Ahead of 2019 general elections, INEC has decided to hold a consultative meeting with the lecturers’ union, ASUU
The national president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, made this development known on Monday, December 31.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities disagreed with the statement by INEC that the strike by university lecturers could jeopardise the elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has decided to hold a meeting with the lecturers’ union, the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) on Friday, January 4, ahead of 2019 general polls.
Premium Times reports that the national president of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, confirmed the development on Monday, December 31. According to Ogunyemi, the major reason for the meeting is for the union to assist the electoral body in the forthcoming election.
The meeting, according to the electoral body, will be limited to the involvement of their members in the 2019 general elections.
Ogunyemi said the meeting will hold in Abuja. INEC had raised an alarm that the lingering ASUU strike would no doubt have a serious impact on the preparations for the conduct of the 2019 elections.
The commission said: “They are one critical resource and their absence will have adverse effects on the ad hoc staff requirement of INEC.
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) disagreed with the statement by INEC that the strike by university lecturers could jeopardise the 2019 elections saying, “the ongoing national strike by ASUU has nothing to do with the 2019 elections.”
INEC’s national commissioner and chairman voter education and publicity, Festus Okoye, said the commission is hopeful and positive that it’s scheduled a meeting with the leadership of ASUU and the leadership of other unions in federal tertiary institutions on Friday would yield the desired result.