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Why ASUU May Call-Off Strike This Week

There are indications that the strike embarked upon by university lecturers, which has paralysed academic activities in the universities nationwide will soon be called off.

The Federal Government on Monday reached anagreement with members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU toresolve the industrial action.  

Minister of Labour and Employment, ChrisNgige, While Addressing journalists after the meeting with the strikinglecturers in Abuja, said the majority of their demands have been met includingthe release of N15.4 billion for payment of salary shortfalls.  

According to him, the Federal Government isalso in the process of releasing another N20 billion for payment of earnedallowances for university lecturers.

 The Minister also said that ASUU wasexpected to return to the negotiation table between Wednesday, 9th and Thursday,10th January 2019 to sign relevant agreements reached by both parties.

ASUUPresident, Prof. Abiodun Olujimi who confirmed the agreement explained thatsome of the proposals from government require further consultation with ASUUmembers.

“Wehave had an extensive session looking at all issues. There are issues thatrequire further consultation at the level of our union before we can take astand. It is only after that meeting of the ASUU leadershipthat the union will announce its position on the on-going strike action,” hesaid.

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