Finally, ASUU suspends nine-month strike

Ebun Francis| The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) has “conditionally” suspended its strike, bringing to an end the nine-month strike that crippled academic activities across the country.

ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi who announced the suspension in Abuja on Wednesday, said the decision followed the agreement reached with the Federal Government and a meeting with its National Executive Council (NEC).

According to him, the suspension of the strike takes effect from Thursday, December 24th, 2020 but warned that the union would return to strike without notice if the government reneges on the agreement reached.

The ASUU president further stated that the reopening of the universities, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, lies with the Federal Government and senate of the universities.

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He thanked students and their parents for their understanding throughout the nine-month period stating that, “no amount of sacrifice would be too much to get the matter resolved as long as the government is consistent with its commitments.”

Nigeria’s minister of labour had on Tuesday expressed optimism that the university lecturers will call off the protracted strikes soon.

 

 

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