The Academic Staff Union of Universities denied ever announcing that they have called-off strike after the successful meeting with the federal government yesterday.
ASUU debunked the social media news that said the union has agreed to end strike and call students back to school.
The union had a meeting with the negotiation team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Friday.
In the meeting held at Conference Hall of the Ministry of Labour and Employment , the Federal Government agreed to increase the Earned Allowances(EU) and fund the renovation of public universities with N70 billion.
Although, ASUU agreed that since the two parties have reached a consensus, it is possible they call-off the strike but what would determine it is when all the members meet to deliberate on it and give the FG a response of their agreement.
The government did not only promise to increase the EU with N40 billion and N30 billion for the renovation, they also promised ASUU that they would pay the arrear salaries of the lecturers before Dec. 31.
However, ASUU had said that the meeting resolved into giving feedback to the government on the agreement of their members. Therefore, there must not be any official announcement about call-off until the union meets with the members.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi spoke about the news, he said ” I am not aware of that. All I know is that we had a meeting and we are going to report to our members. But I don’t know about suspension of strike”.
Ngige also told reporters after the meeting that, “Many issues were discussed at the meeting including salary shortfall, the payment system and revitalization of the university system. I am positive that all the issues would be resolved at our next meeting”.
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