Journalists were , Monday, assaulted by some officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), while they were waiting for the outcome of the Union’s National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting holding at the Federal University of Technology, in Minna.
The closed-door meeting which started at about 11:30am was still ongoing at press time.
However, there was disagreement among ASUU members over the presence of the media, some suggested the media should stay because they are doing their job, others persisted that “we did not invite them. When we need them, we will invite them.”
File: Cross section of stakeholders at a meeting to review the ongoing strike by ASUU held at the Trenchard Hall of the University of Ibadan. Photo: Dare Fasube.
The Vice Chancellor, Federal University of Technology Minna, Prof. Musbau Akanji, who got wind of the altercation between journalists and the ASUU officials, intervened saying, “although, I am not a part of the meeting but I am apologizing on their behalf because they are in my territory.
“This place (FUT, Minna) is a Federal Government institution, and it is a public place that everybody, including journalists can enter, especially when they are doing their job.”
As at the time of filing this report, the strike has not been called off.