BREAKING: ASUU suspends strike after nine months

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday said it has conditionally suspended the strike action in embarked on since March over the various unmet agreements between its members and the federal government.

The union said it has suspended the nine-month-old strike while it monitors the compliance level of the federal government on the concessions the latter has made.

Speaking at a briefing at the union’s secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, the union’s president, Biodun Ogunyemi, said this decision was reached after its national executive council met on Tuesday.

Mr Ogunyemi further added that the issue of IPPIS has also been resolved.

On when full resumption would be ensured in light of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the country, Mr Ogunyemi said the teachers were ready to resume as long full health measures are put in place.

“As far as we are concerned, we are ready to resume work. Let the government do what is needed to ensure safety. We insist that the COVID-19 protocol should be observed.”

Representatives of both ASUU and federal government had met to strengthen out agreements reached.

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However, Ogunyemi said: “We usually said we did not close the universities, government remains the owner of the universities, be it state or federal.

“As far as we are concerned, we are ready to resume classes. But government should make the environment conducive for us to work within the context of the emerging trend of COVID-19.

“So, we can’t tell government not to open but we have the right to insist that the COVID-19 protocols should be observed and the requirements for observing the protocols should be met.”

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