ASUU Accepts Suspension Of 8-Month Strike As FG Offers N70Bn

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Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi, ASUU Chairman

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday accepted to suspend its eight-month strike. The union reached the decision on during a meeting with the Federal Government team led by Chris Ngige, minister of labour and employment.

ASUU also stated that the agreement should not be announced until it had been approved by its members.

The union, it is understood, would have to report to its organs about the agreement before it could communicate their decision to the government after which a date would be announced for calling off the strike.

The federal government also agreed to raise the total money offered to ASUU to N70 billion.

ASUU had embarked on an indefinite strike in March over non-implementation of agreements and resolutions the Federal Government reached with it in 2009.

It had also opposed the adoption of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) while presenting its University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as an alternative.

The union has had several meetings with the Federal Government since the strike commenced but no agreement was reached.

The Federal Government, however, bowed to pressure last week as it offered the sum of N65 billion to ASUU so it could call off its industrial action which had grounded academic activities in the public universities.

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