The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), on Wednesday, disclosed that it has conditionally suspended its nine-month-old strike, ending the industrial action that started since March over the backlog of unmet agreements between its members and the federal government.
National President of ASUU, Prof.Biodun Ogunyemi, who made the announcement during a briefing of the union in Abuja, said the decision was reached at the National Executive Council meeting on Tuesday.
He said the suspension of the strike takes effect from Thursday, December 24, 2020.
Ogunyemi said the union will monitor the compliance level of the federal government on the concessions the latter has made.
On when studies would resume fully in the nation’s public universities in the light of the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping across the country, Ogunyemi said the teachers were ready to resume as long full health measures are put in place.
“As far as we are concerned, we are ready to resume work. Let the government do what is needed to ensure safety. We insist that the COVID-19 protocol should be observed,” he said.
The ASUU president said the lecturers sympathised 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.”
He warned that the union would return to strike without notice if the government fails in meeting its part of the agreement reached with the university lecturers.