University Lecturers Suspend Over One Month Strike, Resume Classes

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By Sadiq Umar – The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU), on Monday night officially suspended its over one-month following an agreement with the federal government.

ASUU consequently directed its members nationwide to resume duty on Tuesday.

Although, details of the latest agreement brokered with government delegation is still sketchy.

The Union said it agreed to suspend the strike till end of October for government to fulfill its pledges.

The meeting was a follow up to an earlier one on Friday where both parties tentatively agreed to specifics.

At the Monday meeting, a memorandum of understanding was signed with the federal government delegation led by the Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige.

According to Mr. Ngige, said several meetings had been held between the government and the union to end the strike to arrive at the final agreements.

“To enable members of ASUU to get back to the classrooms, we held a meeting last Friday and it was fruitful. It broke into an executive session and we had to be frank with each other,” Mr. Ngige told journalists before entering the meeting room.

Before the Monday parley, ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, had also gave an indication of final resolution of the dispute.“At this meeting, we hope we can reach an amicable decision,” he said.

ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike on August 13, following government’s failure to implement the agreement reached with the union in November 2016.

 

 

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