KiNG JAMES YiYE, Abuja, Nigeria.
Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Universities or ASUU has announced a ‘conditional suspension of the strike’ the union embarked upon in the last five weeks saying the suspension was to enable the Federal Government implement terms of the memorandum of action they entered into with Government
ASUU President, Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi told Journalists after a meeting with the Federal Government Negotiation Team that “in event the government in her characteristic nature failed to implement the agreement, the union will not hesitate to take appropriate action, that all the items on the list have a time line”. He said.
The Union and the Federal Government Team led by Labour and Employment Minister, Senator Chris Ngige had entered a meeting which lasted several hours. Speaking to Journalists after the meeting, Chris Ngige said all the gray areas have been sorted out and an agreement reached. He said that members of the union had insisted that they were tired of having non implemented agreements, pointing out that the content of the agreement was taken from the series of meetings with the union since the commencement of the strike.
Areas of agreement include; funding for revitalization of public universities and the issue of Earn Academic Allowances, the issue of University Staff Schools and the implementation of the judgement of the National Industrial Court, National Universities Pension Management Company and guidelines for pension matters for Professors. He also said that the union agreed to the exemption offered by the government regarding the issue of Treasury Single Account, which include the issue of grants, endowment fund as well as salary short fall which he said is already being implemented by government.
On the issue of state universities, he said they agreed that the union will submit a position paper to the federal government on their observation with a view for government to advise state government on the funding of state universities. He describe the union as patriotic members of the society, pointing out that anybody who demand better working equipment is no doubt a patriot.