ASUU Set to Suspend Three-week Strike

The Nigeria Labour Congress has called on the Federal Government and the Academic Staff Union of Universities to embrace collective bargaining as there was no way progress would be made without quality education.

The ASUU president, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, promised the executives would consult with their members and communicate their decision within the ultimatum.

“We have had useful deliberations and we had some concrete proposals that we will take back to our members as part of our consultations”.

Sahara Reporters learned the meeting which started about 1:38 pm on Thursday, ended around 2:15 a.m on Friday, after an agreement was reached between government representatives and members of the striking lecturers.

Other issues are guidelines for the retirement benefits of professors in line with the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement; Treasury Single Account (TSA) and withdrawal of support for universities’ staff primary schools.

The meeting was attended by members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

“Unfortunately, seven months after, we are still at the sorry situation we were before the MoU was signed as issues in contention were not addressed and the government kept a dead silence despite letters and entreaties reminding them of their commitment to the non-teaching staff unions”.

They are demanding the immediate payment of earned allowances, as well as a review of the universities governance system.

“There is the issue of TSA exemption and the problems in the state universities”.

Also addressing journalists, the minister of education said the demands of the union had been taken care of and that it would call off its strike within a week.

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