Following the failure of the federal authorities to discover a lasting resolution to the lingering strike by public college lecturers, the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) has determined to carry a consultative assembly with the lecturers’ union, the Educational Workers Union if Nigerian Universities (ASUU) on January 4, forward of the 2019 polls.
The assembly, in keeping with the electoral physique, will likely be restricted to the involvement of their members within the 2019 normal elections.
ASUU had final month launched into industrial motion to protest the poor funding of Nigerian universities and alleged plan by the federal authorities to extend college students’ charges and introduce an training financial institution.
However INEC had raised the alarm that the lingering ASUU strike would little doubt have severe impression on the preparations for the conduct of the 2019 elections.
“They’re one crucial useful resource and their absence could have adversarial results on the advert hoc workers requirement of INEC,” the fee had mentioned.
Talking on the difficulty, INEC Nationwide Commissioner and Chairman Voter Schooling and Publicity, Mr. Festus Okoye, informed Akelicious that the fee is hopeful and constructive that its scheduled assembly with the management of ASUU and the management of different unions in federal tertiary establishments would yield the specified outcome.
In response to him, “ASUU management and the management of the fee led by the Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, will maintain a consultative assembly with the management of ASUU on the 4th day of January 2019.
“The scheduling of the assembly is a transparent indication that each events are involved and decided to discover a center floor that may allow the members of ASUU to proceed their extra providers to the nation.
“The fee desires to stress that the assembly with the assorted unions will likely be restricted to the involvement of their members within the 2019 normal elections and the right way to handle the present industrial motion for it to not have an effect on the patriotic contributions of workers and college students within the electoral course of.
“The will and need of the fee is that the workers and college students of federal tertiary establishments ought to be in class at the very least a month earlier than the 2019 normal election. “Primarily based on this, the fee has appealed and remains to be interesting to all of the events concerned within the negotiations to contemplate the general curiosity of the nation and negotiate in good religion.”
Requested if the electoral umpire was in search of alternate options ought to the federal authorities and ASUU failed to achieve a compromise, Okoye famous that the fee was assured that every one the events concerned within the dispute and negotiations would negotiate and resolve the problems expeditiously and in good religion.
He mentioned it was additionally incumbent on the assorted stakeholders within the electoral course of to nudge the events in direction of a negotiated settlement of the problems that led to the economic motion within the numerous tertiary establishments.
The nationwide commissioner added that the conduct of election is a multi-stakeholder enterprise and the success of the election could be in one of the best curiosity of all Nigerians. Okoye mentioned, “Nevertheless, within the unlikely occasion of the strike motion lingering past the projected timeline.