The leadership of the Joint Action Committee JAC, of the non-teaching staff unions of Universities has announced the suspension of its three weeks old strike with effect from midnight of today, Friday February 26th.
The JAC of the non-teaching staff comprises of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities SSANU, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities NASU.
Addressing newsmen after the Conciliatory meeting with the Federal Government, the NASU General Secretary, Comrade Peters Adeyemi said the unions have agreed to suspend the national strike after extracting some concessions and commitment from the Federal Government.
He said that their demands have been harmonized to the satisfaction of both parties, stressing that they would continue to monitor the agreements to ensure that the Federal Government implement its own side of the bargaining.
Comrade Adeyemi stressed that the union would not hesitate to call back its members to resume the suspended strike, if the government fails to implement all the agreements reached.
The Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, described the meeting as very fruitful as all the rough edges arising from the former negotiations have been smoothened.
Dr Ngige maintained that government was desirous that normal academic activities should return to the Tertiary Institutions.
He promised that government would embark on the visitation panel which is one of the agreements reached with them and which cannot be carried out without normalcy in the university system.