ASUU calls off strike, asks lecturers to resume teaching

Ruben Hill
September 19, 2017

A number of trade unions in Nigeria's oil and gas, and electricity sectors have embarked on an indefinite strike just as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday hinted at its readiness to call off its own indefinite strike.

The lecturers are protesting against the non-implementation of 2013 Memorandum of Understanding as well as the 2009 agreement they entered into with the Federal government.

The suspension of the strike was announced on Monday evening after a meeting with the government delegation.

The delegation was led by the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige.

Academic activities in the nation's tertiary institutions have been on a halt since the 13 of August when the union proceeded on an indefinite strike. It should be desired that such strikes would not occur in the first place to avoid the disruptions caused in the academics of Nigerian students, but when they seem inevitable, it is also impressive to know that such disagreements can be resolved within the quickest possible time.

Ashafa, however, cautioned the Federal Government not to enter agreement that it can not fulfil to forestall any other strike in the future. "Let us fine-tune the rough edges, as soon as this is done and provided that government does not renege again on the agreement, we will suspend the strike", Ogunyemi said.

ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi said as a result of feedback from their members, the union held about eight hours meeting with the government on Friday and came up with concrete areas of agreement.

Hopefully, both parties reach an appreciable agreement and our students can go back to school.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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