Breaking: ASUU Suspends Strike, Lecturers to Resume on Friday

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 07-Feb-2019

Signs that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will call off its over three-month-old industrial action came in the evening of Thursday, February 7, with the report that the association has reached an agreement with the federal government.

Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has officially suspended a strike it commenced three months ago.

The union directed university lecturers to resume duty from tomorrow, February 12.

The suspension of the strike was announced on Thursday evening after a meeting with between the ASUU leadership and a government delegation led by labour minister, Chris Ngige.

The ASUU delegation was led by its president, Abiodun Ogunyemi, who announced the suspension of the strike.

At the meeting, a memorandum of action was signed by the two parties.

Mr Ngige had earlier said the government had resolved the eight contentious issues that led to the strike. He said some of the items have been implemented.

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Ngige said the union agreed with the government that N25 billion naira will be released for the revitalization of public universities.

He said visitation panels have been constituted and will commence work on March 2.

ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike on November 4, 2018, following government’s failure to implement the agreement reached with the union in November 2016.

In announcing the suspension of the strike, Mr Ogunyemi read a prepared speech detailing the agreements the union reached with the federal government.

He listed eight items contained in the agreement signed by ASUU and the federal government.

“In addition to the N20 billion for 2018, the sum of N25 billion only would
be released in April/May 2019, after which government would resume
full implementation of the MoU of 2013,” Mr Ogunyemi said.

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