ASUU Suspends Its Long Nationwide Strike

The ASUU President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi

The Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has on Wednesday conditionally suspended its nationwide industrial action. This was made known by the Union’s President, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi in a press conference on Wednesday morning. In his statement, the suspension of the nine-month-old strike would take effect from 12:00 am on Thirsday, December 24, 2020. Also, speaking at the press conference, Professor Ogunyemi warned that if the federal government refuses to fufill its own part of the agreement they will resume the strike without notice. 00Recall that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Tuesday disclosed that the prolonged strike by ASUU would soon come to an end. This is coming after the Federal Government promised to pay part of the arrears of salaries to the university lecturers in line with the agreement reached with the union. The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, while speaking after the meeting with ASUU noted that the strike would be called off before January 15. The Minister further stated that he has received confirmation from the federal government that most of the issues have been attended to. According to him, “We are hopeful that ASUU will then take the report of what we achieved today to their members. We allow social dialogue in line with ILO conventions for all employers and employee, to guide this meeting.”

Recall that on Tuesday December 23 2020, President Muhammadu Buhari-led government disclosed that the prolonged strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities would soon come to an end. This is coming after the Federal Government promised to pay part of the arrears of salaries to the university lecturers in line with the agreement reached with the union.

The Conference Room For The Meeting Between The Federal Government And The ASUU Representatives

The Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige, while speaking after the meeting with ASUU noted that the strike would be called off before January 15. Ngige while referring to the ultimatum issued by some students stated that the strike would soon be called off, however, he has not received any letter from the students threatening to embark on protests if the strike was not called off.

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