Just-In: ASUU Suspends Strike.
Reports just coming in has it that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), after their meeting this evening, has announced a conditional suspension of the strike it embarked upon last year.
ASUU’s decision followed a closed door meeting with a Federal Government team, led by Minister of Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, which held on Thursday in Abuja.
The National President of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, while briefing the press on Thursday in Abuja, said the strike is suspended conditionally with effect from 12.01 a.m on Friday, February 8.
“However, should Government fail to fulfil its part of the agreement as reflected in the 2019 Memorandum of Action, ASUU shall resume its suspended strike as the union deems it necessary,” he said.
In his address, the minister said eight areas of disagreements were discussed and resolved by the two parties.
According to him, we have dealt with all the eight contending issues and some of them have been implemented.
“ASUU has license for the Universities Pension Management Company on January 28, 2018.
“On the issue of salary shortfall in the universities, the Federal Government has released N16billion, out of which N15.384billion is for universities, while the rest is for other tertiary institutions.
“The Vice-Chancellors have acknowledged the receipt of the funds.
“We also have the issue of a committee to liaise with state government-owned universities, ASUU and the Federal Government through the Ministry of Education. That committee was inaugurated two weeks ago.
“The visitation panel has been constituted and will commence work on March 2, 2019.
“On the issue of earned allowances, the Federal Government has released N20billion for the payment to all categories of university staff.
“For the earned academic allowance, the Federal Government has released N25billion and for the revitalization fund, a total of N25billion will be released in the period between April and May 2019.
“The Federal Government will also resume full implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) entered into in 2019, ” he said. (NAN)