Following reports that The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has called off the ongoing strike. ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has refuted claims that the union reached an agreement with the Government negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige after a meeting on Friday.
According to the report, ASUU had agreed to call off the strike after the government pledged to pay N40 billion for Earned Allowances and N30 billion for the revitalization of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion.
Also that the Government agreed to settle the salary arrears of the aggrieved lecturers before December 31 and that ASUU was 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 strike would be announced.
Ogunyemi stressed that it was only agreed that the union should convey the government’s message to their organs about the agreement before it can communicate their decision to the government after which a date would be announced to end the strike. He added that the suspension of the strike cannot be determined by him alone.
In a chat with Vanguard, Ogunyemi denied knowledge of any agreement to call off the strike. “I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But I don’t know about suspension of strike.” Ogunyemi said
Minister of Employment, Chris Ngige, had told newsmen after the meeting on Friday, 27 November, that he is positive that all issues relating to the strike will be resolved in its next meeting with ASUU.
“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.” Ngige said