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[Breaking News]: ASUU FINALLY SUSPENDS STRIKE


By Johnbosco Agbakwuru & Joseph Erunke ABUJA—-ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) last night suspended the three month old strike after signing all agreements with the Federal Government.

I’ll end ASUU strike from first day in office — Atiku The agreement was reached at the through end of the conciliatory meeting held at the instance of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige and his Education counterpart, Malam Adamu Adamu.

The parties brokered the truce few hours after a team of Students from National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) threatened showdown against the leadership of ASUU who attended the negotiation. Ngige who read the agreement signed by both parties, expressed optimism that the strike would be suspended.

He said, “This is going to be a conclusive meeting and conciliatory meeting between Federal Government and ASUU.

“This dispute culminated into a strike that started on the 5th of November, 2018.” According to him the parties unanimously resolved the eight contentious issues that had prolonged the strike.

He noted that the issue of the NUMPENCO has been resolved as ASUU collected the licence on the 28th January, 2019.

Besides, the Minister said that the Visitation panel has also been instituted and will commence work on 2nd March with the view to sanitizing the tertiary institutions, adding that it was in tandem with anti corruption campaign..

Signs that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will call off its over three-month-old industrial action came in the evening of Thursday, February 7, with the report that the association has reached an agreement with the federal government.

The agreement was signed by the leadership of ASUU and federal government after a series of meetings.

The lecturers, however, promised that they would resume strike if government reneged on the Memorandum of Action (MoA) just reached.

The union, according to TVC, warned vice chancellors against “act of impunity, nepotism antithetical to university culture

The referendum, it was learnt, was to decide whether to suspend the industrial action which has crippled activities in the nation’s universities for three months or to continue until the federal government meets the demands of the lecturers.

The referendum was organized by the national leadership of the union which directed its coordinators at the zones to meet with their various chairmen over the action.

It was also reported that in a decisive effort to resolve issues that started ASUU’s prolonged strike, the federal government released N16.8 billion to settle outstanding salary arrears of lecturers in universities.

The minister of education, Malam Adamu Adamu, revealed this at a press briefing in Abuja on Saturday, February 2, adding that the fund is to be released by the office of the Accountant General of the Federation (AGF).

However, the leadership of National Association of Nigerian Students (NANS) vowed to disrupt the election if the ongoing strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) is not resolved.

According to the students, the three-month old strike apart from hindering their academic pursuits will also disenfranchise about 22.3 million of them.

The students claimed many of them had registered at the INEC offices nearest to their institutions and are presently in their various homes due to the ongoing strike.

“The continuous strike action by both ASUU and ASUP has not only brought increased pain on students and their parents, it is now seen by us as a deliberate ploy to disenfranchise our members, especially those who registered within their school environments and are presently in their various homes,” Comrade Danielson Bamidele Akpan, NANS president said.

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