It is good news to all Nigerian Students as ASUU suspends strike. The Academic Union of Nigerian Universities ASUU has officially suspended their 5 weeks old strike.
Following a long meeting with the Federal Government delegates at Abuja yesterday evening, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU decided to call off the strike which has shut down academic activities in Nigerian Universities.
The union said that it is only a conditional suspension as this is to allow the Federal Government to implement the terms of the agreement they had with the Union. Should the Federal Government fail to do so till the end of October, ASUU may have to resume the strike all over again.
In the meantime, ASUU has directed all her members to resume work on Tuesday after their zonal meetings. This means that academic activities may resume in full swing on Wednesday as ASUU suspends strike at zonal levels.
Addressing a briefing at the Nigeria Labour Congress secretariat to announce the union’s conditional suspension of the strike. ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said:
“We have signed a new Memorandum of Action today (Monday). Each item on the list in the MoA has a timeline attached. It is our hope that our trust will not be dashed again. We hope that the government will abide with the timeline attached to all the items in the MoA.
“Let us give a precautionary advice; should the government unilaterally vary the agreements it signed with our union, we should not be held responsible for the consequences.
“Now on the conditional suspension of the strike; after an elaborate and extensive consultation process, the National Executive Council of ASUU has agreed to conditionally suspend the ongoing action, taking into cognizance that the latest proposal by the government to address the contentious issues in the strike has a deadline of the end of October 2017.
“So, all members of ASUU are to resume work after their branch congresses on Tuesday (today), September 19. However, ASUU will not hesitate to review its position, should the government renege on its MoA, which you all witnessed today.
“There is always a question that why must ASUU adopt the strike option considering its impact on the quality of education which the union wants to raise. The answer to this is simple. ASUU’s resolve to forge a hitch-free academic calendar has been proved by the restraints it often showed before embarking on the strike.
“The current strike has been necessitated by the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement and the 2013 MoU and the 2016 resolutions. Specifically, the issues include funding for the revitalization of universities, earned academic allowances and exemption of the university system from the Treasury Single Account.”
So finally life returns to our Universities as ASUU suspends strike, let us hope that the Federal Government will fulfill her promises to avert another strike.
Nigerians what do you make of the conditional call of of strike by ASUU?