After months of inactivity in all university campuses nationwide, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) announced the suspension of its industrial action with immediate effect on Wednesday. The National Executive of the union has directed that all university lecturers should go back to work with effect from Thursday 2nd, February, 2012.
The resolution to suspend the strike was reached during the National Executive meeting held on Wednesday at the University of Abuja.
The union had embarked on the strike action in protest of the Federal Government’s refusal to honour an agreement it reached with it in 2009.
Negotiations between the Federal Government’s representatives and ASUU collapsed twice in the last quarter of 2011.
Indications however emerged that the strike might be called off after a meeting between the two parties on January 24. After the meeting the representatives of the union announced that progress had been made but that the decision to suspend the strike rests with the National Executive.
ASUU President, Prof Ukachukwu Awuzie was being awaited to address a press conference as of the time of filing this report.