The ASUU has announced that they would no longer be participating in the strike that has been going on for the past eight months. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) went on strike across the country nearly eight months ago, but they have finally decided to end it.
This information was presented on Wednesday at a news conference that was conducted at the University of Abuja and was led by ASUU president Professor Biodun Ogunyemi.
After the federal government committed to pay off its payment arrears and meet the union’s requirements by a specified date, the National Executive Committee of the Union reportedly agreed to temporarily suspend the strike. The information was obtained by THISDAY from its sources.
The specifics of the requests and the timelines were not immediately disclosed; however, the source did state that they will be revealed at a press conference that would be held later today and be addressed by the president of the ASUU.
Following the failure of negotiations, the federal government initiated legal action against ASUU in the National Industrial Court. Today was the final day for ASUU to comply with the court’s order or face the possibility of being charged with contempt of court.
As a consequence of this, the court granted the government’s request for an injunction, which paved the way for members of ASUU to go back to work while they wait for the verdict in the case. The labor organization had initially contested the decision of the lower court to allow ASUU to continue activities. However, the appeals court upheld that decision.