The Academic Staff Union of Universities’ (ASUU) various affiliates overwhelmingly decided to halt the eight-month strike.
Based on the national body’s order, the branches called congresses on Wednesday, and the attendees decided to petition the National Executive Council (NEC) to halt the strike.
At an urgent NEC meeting slated for Thursday in Abuja, the outcomes of the various ASUU congresses will be presented and considered.
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mr. Femi Gbajabimila, met with President Muhammadu Buhari, according to a key officer of the union who spoke to Daily Sun, and the chairmen of each congress updated the members on the outcome of the meeting.
“A major outcome of the Speaker’s meeting with Mr. President is the Federal Government’s acceptance to pay four months out of the eight months’ salary when ASUU suspends the strike,” he said.
“The president agreed that the remaining four months outstanding
salaries will be paid before the end of the years to academic staff in
He said it was based on that the various congresses voted
overwhelmelly to suspend the strike and the decision will be taken to
NEC meeting for ratification.
The ASUU official disclosed that NEC will certainly demand that
government offer be documented and signed so that it will not generated
On other outstanding demands, he said ASUU position on new payment platform, revitalization fund and signing of the Nimi Briggs re-negotiation agreement has not changed. “Those critical outstanding demands are sacrosanct. It is crucial to the survival of public universities.
We hope when the strike is suspended, government will put machinery in motion to conclude the re-negotiation and both parties sign the agreement,” he stated. According to him, many of the branch chairmen are on there way to Abuja for the crucial NEC meeting but was silent on when the universities.
ASUU on February 14 asked members to down tool after several discussions with government failed to yield positive result. The union rolled over the strike twice and in August, it directed members to embark on total, comprehensive and indefinite strike to press home their demands.
The Federal Government dragged ASUU to the National Industrial Court of Nigeria (NICN), which ordered the union to resume work. Not satisfied with the industrial court ruling, ASUU headed to the Appeal of Court, which reaffirmed the lower court ruling and asked them to resume work within seven days.
However, the federal government took a major decision when it registered two new unions in the Nigerian University System (NUS), thus whittle down the power and influence of ASUU