The president of the Academic Staff Union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi of University has on Wednesday, suspended its ongoing industrial action that started since March 2020.
Biodun Ogunyemi, made this known during a briefing of the union in Abuja.
Ogunyemi also said the lecturers commiserated with students who were also their children, adding that “no amount of sacrifice would be too much to get the matter resolved as long as the government is consistent with its commitments.”
While warning that the union would return to strike without notice if the government disappoints in meeting its part of the agreement reached with the versity lecturers, Ogunyemi noted that the reopening of the schools, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, lies with the Federal Government and Senate.
Kemi Filani News recalls that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, promsied that academic activities in public universities will resume in January.
Ngige’s remarks come after the Federal Government’s negotiation with the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at last Thursday’s parley.
According to the minister, parties will be back at the negotiating table today, to resume discussions on the special assignment given to both sides at the last meeting.
Ngige expressed the hope that there will be breakthrough in discussions in today’s meeting with the lecturers who have been on strike since March, adding that the government has met almost all the demands of ASUU.
He said negotiations between the ASUU leadership and the government had reached 98 per cent, adding that it remains only two per cent to be completed.