After eight months of industrial action over members’ welfare, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has accepted the Federal Government offers and may suspend the ongoing strike as well as return to classrooms.
The offer accepted by the striking lecturers was that the apex government would be increasing the total payment to the union to N70 billion.
The Union accepted to call off its eight-month strike which has grounded academic activities in the public universities after a meeting with the government representatives led by Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday.
As expected, the ASUU was expected to report agreement to its organs and then communicate their decision to the government before both parties fix a date that the strike would be suspended.
Briefing newsmen after an eight-hour meeting, Ngige, who described the dialogue as fruitful, said the government has made a proposal which ASUU will take back to their executives.
The minister explained that several issues were discussed during the meeting including salary shortfall, the payment system for lecturers, and revitalisation of universities.
While Ngige was optimistic that all the issues would be resolved at their next meeting, ASUU’s president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, commended the minister for his remarks and assured that the union would communicate its stand soon.