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ASUU suspends 9 month old strike

ASUU executives addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its 9-month-old strike after exhaustive deliberations with the federal government.

The Union suspended the strike following its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, held at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat Complex on Tuesday, 22nd December, 2020.

The National President of ASUU professor Biodun Ogunyemi who announced the suspension in Abuja said the Union and the Federal Government unanimously resolved the seven contentious issues that led to the strike.

Professor Ogunyemi said the resolved issues are Funding for Revitalization of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), Salary Shortfall, State Universities, Visitation Panels, Reconstitution of the Government Renegotiating Team and the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

“On our part we have undertaken to go back to the classrooms, laboratories etc, to do our best for our students and our country. We are going back to rekindle the motivation and aspirations in our members to strive to encourage our students to excel, all in the expectations that Governments both Federal and State will sincerely fulfil their own part of the bargain.

“We are returning to classes with the firm hope that parents will take prime interests in their children’s conditions of living and learning, better funding, better laboratories, and free development for their children, in order to get an all-round education that will enable them compete with the rest of the world.

He said we appeal to parents to work with us for the revitalisation of public Universities.

Professor Ogunyemi stressed that to avoid further strike in the university system, the Union expect government to faithfully implement all the Agreements reached and signed and release EAA as agreed, and the mainstreaming of EAA into annual budget using the agreed formula.

Similarly, he urged the government to expedite action on the test process and ensure the deployment of UTAS for the payment of salaries in the university system while expressing the need for the FGN/ASUU re-negotiation exercise to conclude as specified in the timelines agreed by both parties.

ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike on 23rd March, 2020 .

Daniel Adejo

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