ASUU suspends five-week old strike


The Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) has suspended its five weeks old strike
following a closed door meeting with the
Federal Government’ s delegation .

Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi , ASUU President
announced this at a news conference after the
closed door meeting with the Federal
Government on Monday in Abuja.
He said they decided to conditionally suspend
the strike action in view of the timeline of
October 2017 for the implementation of the
signed agreement.

According to Ogunyemi , after an elaborate and
extensive consultation process, the National
Executive Council (NEC ) of ASUU has agreed to
conditionally suspend the ongoing action .
“We are taking into cognisance the fact that
major proposals from the government to
address the contending issues in the strike
action has a deadline of the end of October ,
2017.

“All members of ASUU are to resume work
after their branch congresses on Tuesday ,
September 19, 2017. “ However, ASUU will not
hesitate to review its position should
government reneges on the signed
Memorandum of Action ,” he said.

He urged the government not to deliberately
dishonor the agreement, pointing out that the
continuous breach of signed agreement has
been responsible for the constant industrial
actions in the Universities .
Ogunyemi said that the current agreement with
the government is based on mutual trust
between the union and the government ,
adding that the trust of the union must be
respected by the government .

Earlier, Sen Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and
Employment at a conciliatory with ASUU and
other government delegation directed all
members of the union to return to work after
their branch congresses on Tuesday .
Ngige said that members of the union had
insisted that they were tired of having
agreements that are not implemented.
The minister pointed out that the content of
the agreement was taken from the series of
meetings with the union since the
commencement of the strike.

He said further that that both the government
and the union understood themselves and
agreed on several issues.
He assured the union that the agreement
reached would be implemented by the
government in line with available resources.
He also said that the union agreed to the
exemption offered by the government
regarding the issue of Treasury Single Account
(TSA) , which include the issue of grants ,
endowment fund as well as salary short fall ,
which he said is already being implemented by
the government .

On the issue of state universities, he said they
agreed that the union would submit a position
paper to the Federal Government on their
observation with a view to advise state
governments on the funding of state
universities.

He commended the union for being patriotic
members of the society , saying that anybody
who demand better working equipment is no
doubt a patriot . 


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