BREAKING: Why ASUU Suspended 3-Month Strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has explained why it suspended its three-month old strike, and asked lecturers to resume work on Friday 8, February 2019.
ASUU had embarked on an indefinite strike on November 4, 2018 following various discrepancies with the federal government.
Several meetings have been held without positive outcome, but both parties reached an agreement after another assembly on Thursday and a memorandum of action was signed by the two parties.
Minister of Labour Chris 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.
He added that the union agreed with the government that N25 billion naira will be released for the revitalization of public universities.
Announcing the suspension, ASUU president, Abiodun Ogunyemi 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.
He however, warned that “this is a suspension, not an outright call-off. If government reneges on our memorandum of agreement, we will embark on another industrial action with full force.”
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