The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has conditionally suspended the over nine months industrial action it embarked upon in March, 2020 with effect from Thursday, December 24th, 2020. This is made known by the President of the Union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi during a briefing of the union in Abuja, explaining that the development followed consultations with its National Executive Council (NEC).
According to him “NEC resolves to conditionally suspend the strike embarked upon in March, 2020 from Thursday, 24th December, 2020.”. He added that if the government fail to honour their own part of the agreement reached, the union will resume the strike without any warning.
According to the President ” Not all promises have been actualised but we are giving government the benefit of doubt believing that government will not renege.”.
Some of the agreement reached between the union include remittance of 40 billion Earned Academic Allowances to universities bursaries as at yesterday. The government equally reassured the striking lecturers that UTAS is in the last stage of the integrity test. Others include payment of two months withheld salaries of some lecturers who didn’t enrol for IPPIS, 30 billion naira revitalization fund to be paid before 2020 runs out amongst others.
With some of these resolutions reached between the Federal Government and ASUU, the union at its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held yesterday agreed to ‘conditionally’ suspend the strike.