The federal government and the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have finally reached an agreement and signed a deal to end a 3-month long strike after meeting for the tenth time.
The University lecturers commenced a nationwide strike late last year November to demand for the full implementation of the agreement it reached with the government in 2009.
Until now, government and the leadership of the union have met for nine different times without a resolution.
Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, led the government’s delegation while Abiodun Ogunyemi, president of ASUU, represented ASUU.
Addressing reporters at the end of the meeting, Ogunyemi explained the union’s rationale for embarking on the industrial action.
“On Sunday, 4th November, 2018, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) resumed its strike action which was conditionally suspended on 14th September, 2017,” he said.
“The action of 2017 was suspended following the signing of a memorandum of action (MoA) in which the federal government of Nigeria (FGN) promised to address the contentious issues within a timeline that was
to end in October 2017.
“While announcing the suspension of the nationwide action, however, our Union made it categorically clear that ASUU will not hesitate to review its position should government renege on the signed Memorandum of Action.
“Predictably, Government implemented the MoA in the breach, thereby forcing ASUU to resume the suspended strike action. Comrades and compatriots, as we have always argued, the last thing ASUU members love doing is to cause disruption in smooth intellectual engagements with colleagues, friends and students right on our university campuses.
“This has nothing to do with the dubious advertorial of non-disruption of academic calendar by proprietors and administrators of some cash-and-carry universities and other self-styled enemies of ASUU.
“Rather, it is about deep-seated pains members of the Union undergo to prevent strike actions and the equally painful consequences strike situations bring to all who are genuinely averse to the mercantile disposition to university education”.
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