The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on after a meeting on Wednesday conditionally suspended its nationwide industrial action.
This was made known in a press conference on Wednesday morning by the President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi. The suspension of the nine-month-old strike would take effect from 12:00 am Thursday, December 24, 2020.
Speaking at the press conference, Ogunyemi warned that if the federal government refuses to fulfil its own part of the agreement they will resume the strike without notice.
Recall that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government on Tuesday disclosed that the prolonged strike by ASUU would soon come to an end.
This is coming after the Federal Government promised to pay part of the arrears of salaries to the university lecturers in line with the agreement reached with the union.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, while speaking after the meeting with ASUU noted that the strike would be called off before January 15.
The Minister further stated that he has received confirmation from the federal government that most of the issues have been attended to.
“We are hopeful that ASUU will then take the report of what we achieved today to their members. We allow social dialogue in line with ILO conventions for all employers and employee, to guide this meeting,” he stated.