The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has conditionally suspended its more than nine-month-old strike from Thursday, 24th December, 2020.
Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, ASUU President, who announced the suspension of the strike at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja, said this is to pave way for resumption of academic activities in public universities.
Ogunyemi’s pronouncement was in line with the resolution of the emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of ASUU held at ASUU Secretariat from Tuesday night to early Wednesday morning.
Ogunyemi said the strike has to be suspended following agreement reached with the Federal Government representatives led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige on some of the contending issues.
He said the lecturers in fulfillment of its obligation in the agreement decided to return to the classrooms with the understanding that nobody would be victimised as a result of the strike action.
The ASUU President warned that should the Federal Government renege on the agreement reached, ASUU would not hesitate to resume the suspended strike without notice.
ASUU members embarked on the indefinite strike on March 9, 2020 with a two-week warning leading to the comprehensive indefinite strike on March 23, 2020.