Why ASUU May Call-Off Strike This Week

There are indications that the strike embarked upon by university lecturers, which has paralysed academic activities in the universities nationwide will soon be called off.

The Federal Government on Monday reached an agreement with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to resolve the industrial action.  

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, While Addressing journalists after the meeting with the striking lecturers in Abuja, said the majority of their demands have been met including the release of N15.4 billion for payment of salary shortfalls.  

According to him, the Federal Government is also in the process of releasing another N20 billion for payment of earned allowances for university lecturers.

 The Minister also said that ASUU was expected to return to the negotiation table between Wednesday, 9th and Thursday, 10th January 2019 to sign relevant agreements reached by both parties.

ASUU President, Prof. Abiodun Olujimi who confirmed the agreement explained that some of the proposals from government require further consultation with ASUU members.

“We have had an extensive session looking at all issues. There are issues that require further consultation at the level of our union before we can take a stand. It is only after that meeting of the ASUU leadership that the union will announce its position on the on-going strike action,” he said.

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