University students may start packing their bags, as there seems to be an end to the lingering strike of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

ASUU has been on strike since November 5, 2018 over demands not met by the government.

ASUU demands included some areas of understanding in the implementation of the Memorandum of Action agreed in 2017.

Some of these areas include shortfall in salaries of some Federal Universities’ workers and lecturers, earned allowances, revitalisation that were part of the 2009 agreement, among others.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, said the government had released 163 billion Naira to the universities from the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFund), but striking academics are stalling in calling off their strike.

“Government has released about 163 billion Naira from TETFund account to universities.

“So, we have gotten some substantial agreement in most of the areas of the agreement.

“Most of the issues have being resolved, so they are going to go back to their members and present government’s offer to their council,” he said.

Ngige also said that the striking lecturers were not asking for 50 billion Naira before they would call off the strike.

He, however, added that if the total amount of the union’s demand was aggregated it would be more than the N50 billion as the government was paying in different compartments.

“These are debts of 2009, owed by the past administration, that is 2009 to 2012, so it is not our own debt and we have been doing a lot to settle these debts.

“So, we will be reconvening at the instance of ASUU. They said they want to go and consult with their members and they cannot call off the strike without consulting with their members,” he said.

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Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, said that there were still some grey areas in the proposal presented by the Federal Government.

He said the union would look at the grey areas and would get back to the government.

“The most critical area is the revitalisation, because it is central to our work, as academics and unless that area is addressed our members will have issues with ongoing action.

“We also did not ask for 50 billion Naira, we are saying that the minimum we expect government to release in order to reactive the revitalisation fund is 50 billion Naira.

“So, the strike is still on,” he said.

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