ASUU Strike! Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has agreed to call off its over eight-months (8) old strike which has grounded academic activities in the public universities since March.
The union’s leadership reached the consensus during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday.
The government also pledged to pay N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalization of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion as opposed to the 110 billion being proposed by ASUU. (See Here)
The FG further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31.
This is happening one week after the Federal Government accepted the demand by ASUU that they are exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) pending the approval of their proposed payment system, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS)
ASUU is now expected to report the agreement to its organs and then communicate their decision to the government, after which a date for the calling off of the ASUU strike would be announced.
A source informed our correspondent that ASUU insisted that the agreement should not be announced until it has been approved by its members.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Ngige said the parley was fruitful, adding that the government made a proposal to ASUU which it would take back to its members.
He said, “Many issues were discussed at the meeting including salary shortfall, the payment system, and revitalization of the university system. I am positive that all the issues would be resolved at our next meeting.”
According to an ASUU official who confided in The Abusites, the strike is technically off.
“The ASUU Strike is technically off. We may not have achieved everything we set out to, but we are okay with what we have achieved so far and I think the government is also happy with its position. Main hurdles have been crossed and the strike will most definitely be called off.”