At last Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has suspended the over three months-old strike it embarked on since Sunday, 4th November, 2018.
Also the the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP) has directed its members in all chapters to hold a referendum on suspension of the ongoing strike in the nation’s polytechnics.
On the issue of ASUU; according to Punch; Ngige said after the meeting that eight areas of disagreement were discussed and agreed on by the two parties, while expressing gratitude to ASUU leadership for their understanding.
He said, “We have dealt with all the eight contending issues and some of them have been implemented. ASUU has a licence for the Universities Pension Management Company since January 28, 2019.
“On the issue of salary shortfall in the universities, the Federal Government has released N16bn, out of which N15.384bn is for universities, while the rest is for other tertiary institutions. The Vice Chancellors have acknowledged the receipt of the funds.
“We also have a committee to liaise with state government-owned universities, ASUU and the Federal Government through the Ministry of Education. That committee was inaugurated two weeks ago.
“The visitation panel has been constituted and will commence work on March 2, 2019. On the issue of Earned allowances, the Federal Government has released N20bn for the payment to all categories of university staff. For the Earned academic allowance, the Federal Government has released N25bn and for the revitalization fund, a total of N25bn will be released in the period of April and May 2019 and will resume full implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding entered into in 2019.”
Meanwhile ASUP National President Mr Usman Dutse, in Lagos stated that the referendum would hold between this week and next week.
See reactions after the called-off ASUU strike;
Nigerian students, Be WISE!!! FG got to know that millions of youths won’t be able to vote because of the ASUU strike and decided to end the strike a week to elections. What money got in for FG that didn’t come on in the past 3 months of the strike? They don’t care about US..
Even people that didn’t get admission are jubilating that Asuu called the strike off Are you normal??
ASUU calling off this strike has mentally damaged me already. I need a therapist honestly, I can’t handle this pain.
So Asuu have called off the strike now some University will be having
#100level junior and #100level senior If you know you know
How Lecturers will feed students with tests and assignments once classes resume after ASUU strike 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/HyHGzj47Zv
— Agent 47 (@LifeOfUzy47) February 7, 2019