ASUU Suspends Nationwide Strike After Three Months

The leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its nationwide industrial action.

National President of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, announced this on Thursday during a press briefing at the Nigeria Labour Congress complex in Abuja.

The striking lecturers took the decision after a meeting with representatives of the Federal Government led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige.

The meeting came hours before Professor Ogunyemi announced the decision of ASUU to suspend the strike.

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It had in attendance leaders of the union and government representatives such as the permanent secretaries at the ministries of Education, as well as Labour and Employment, and some directors from the ministries.

According to reports, lecturers have also been asked to resume on Friday.

The information was contained on ASUU’s Twitter handle, @ASUUNGR on Thursday evening:

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The NEC has decided that the STRIKE HAS BEEN SUSPENDED.

Academic activities resume tomorrow.#ASUUstrikehasbeensuspended.3,7068:48 PM – Feb 7, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy4,077 people are talking about this

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Before you un-follow, remember that this is a suspension not an outright call-off. If government reneges on our memorandum of agreement, @ASUUNGR will be embark on another industrial action with full force. This is just a friendly reminder.

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The strike was called off after a two hour meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.

Ngige said after the meeting that eight areas of disagreements were discussed and agreed upon by the two parties, while expressing gratitude to ASUU leadership for their understanding.

ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, said lecturers are to resume on Friday, February 8, 2019.

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