Despite Strike, ASUU Agrees to Let Lecturers be INEC Staff

The ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi
The ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi

ASUU Agrees to Allow his Staff Participate as INEC Staff 

Towards Election 2019, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has agreed to allow its members work with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) during the 2019 general election.

The ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi
The ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi

The ASUU president, Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known while briefing journalists after a meeting with INEC.

He said ASUU will not stop its members from participating in the election as temporary staff ”as that is part of their community service.”

“We placed on record that our relationship with INEC dated back to 2010 when Attahiru Jega was chairman. Even though we are not in the position now to do everything we were doing that time, we have assured them that we will not stand on the way of our members participating in the election as ad-hoc staff,” he said.

He said despite the ongoing strike by the union, it would not stop any of its staff from taking part in the electoral process.

He assured that ASUU will continue to work with INEC to further deepen the content and the process of elections in Nigeria.

The INEC chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, expressed delight at the position of the lecturers.

“We had a very successful meeting with the union, we are very happy with the assurance that we received from the union,” he said. “I am happy to say that as a result of this meeting, Nigerians should rest assured that 2019 general election is fully on course.”

He said the commission would secure collation and returning officers from the pool of university officials it has access to.

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