ASUU: Nigerian university lecturers suspend 9-month-old strike

ASUU national president, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, addressing the media

The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), has announced the suspension of its nine-month industrial action.

ASUU national president, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, made the announcement Wednesday morning, during a briefing of the union in Abuja, marking an end to the union’s strike action that began since March 2020.

Ogunyemi in his address to the media said the lecturers sympathised with students who were also their children, for the prolonged industrial action.

“No amount of sacrifice would be too much to get the matter resolved as long as the government is consistent with its commitments,” Ogunyemi said.

He, however warned that the union would return to strike without notice if the government fails in meeting its part of the agreement reached with the university lecturers.

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He also noted that the reopening of the university campuses lies with the Federal Government and Senate, considering the new surge in Covid-19 pandemic.

It will be recalled that before Ogunyemi’s announcement, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, had, on Tuesday, assured Nigerians that the prolonged university lecturers’ strike would be called off before January 15.