…lecturers ordered to resume Friday
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Thursday suspended their three months strike.
The union suspended the industrial action following its latest conciliatory meeting with representatives of the Federal Government, led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Nigige, in Abuja.
According to Ngige, both parties have unanimously resolved the eight contentious issues that had prolonged the strike.
Addressing reporters at the end of the meeting, the union’s president, Biodun Ogunyemi said: “On Sunday, November 4, 2018, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resumed its strike action, which was conditionally suspended on 14th September, 2017.
“The action of 2017 was suspended following the signing of a memorandum of action (MoA) in which the federal government of Nigeria (FGN) promised to address the contentious issues within a timeline that was to end in October 2017.
“While announcing the suspension of the nationwide action, however, our union made it categorically clear that ASUU will not hesitate to review its position should government renege on the signed Memorandum of Action.
“Predictably, Government implemented the MoA in the breach, thereby forcing ASUU to resume the suspended strike action. Comrades and compatriots, as we have always argued, the last thing ASUU members love doing is to cause disruption in smooth intellectual engagements with colleagues, friends and students right on our university campuses.
“This has nothing to do with the dubious advertorial of non-disruption of academic calendar by proprietors and administrators of some cash-and-carry universities and other self-styled enemies of ASUU.
“However, ASUU is strongly convinced that if academics fail to fight the cause of university education, the fate that befell public primary and secondary schools would soon become the lot of the public university system in Nigeria.”
Confirming the news on their official Twitter handle, the union twitted: “The NEC has decided that the STRIKE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.
“Academic activities resume tomorrow.”