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BREAKING: ASUU ends nine months industrial action, students to return classrooms

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended it’s over nine months of industrial actions, following Federal Government assurance that all issues raised by the lecturers would be addressed.

ASUU added that its members would return to classrooms on Thursday, 24th, December, ending a protracted industrial action that started, to impact knowledge on the students and contribute towards the fulfillment of their dreams, 

Announcing the suspension of the strike during a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, ASUU National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, described the suspension as conditional, saying, the lecturers could boycott classrooms if the government decided not to fulfill its promises.

Ogunyemi explained that the development followed consultations with the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) after reviewing the offers presented before them by the apex government.

The president noted that the reopening of the schools, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, lies with the Federal Government and Senate of the varsities.

Ogunyemi commended the students and their parents for their understanding throughout the nine-month period and said: “no amount of sacrifice would be too much to get the matter resolved as long as the government is consistent with its commitments.”

On the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) tussle, the ASUU boss noted that both parties have agreed on the University Transparency Account System (UTAS), noting, however, that the university lecturers’ salary arrears will be paid by the government on a different platform.

The lecturers’ announcement came barely 24 hours after the Federal Government had expressed optimism that ASUU will soon return to the classroom after a meeting with the lecturers.

Tuesday’s meeting came a month after the Federal Government offered a cumulative N65 billion to the lecturers to address earned academic allowances and revitalization of universities.

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