Students in Nigeria are set to head back to classrooms after a nine-month break after the Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) “conditionally” suspended its strike, ending a protracted industrial action that started March 2020.
ASUU National President Biodun Ogunyemi made the announcement during a briefing of the union in Abuja on Wednesday, explaining that the development followed consultations with its National Executive Council.
This followed the decision by the Federal Government to pay two – months’ salary arrears of ASUU members.
The ASUU president said the union would embark on another industrial action without notice if the government fails to meet parts of the agreement reached with the university lecturers.
The union had embarked on an indefinite strike in March over non-implementation of agreements and resolutions the federal government reached with it in 2009.
ASUU had also opposed the adoption of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) while presenting its University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) as alternative payroll software.
Prof. Ogunyemi stated that the decision to suspend the action was taken by the National Executive Committee of the union.
Last month, the country’s Minister of Labour Chris Ngige said the government had made new proposals bothering on core issues at the heart of the prolonged dispute.
The issues included funding for the revitalization of universities, earned allowances, the shortfall in salaries, visitation panels for universities and use of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).