The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), on Wednesday, suspended its strike, ending the industrial action which started 9months ago. This was made known by the National President of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi during a briefing in Abuja.
Although the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige had earlier promised and assured Nigerians that the industrial action will not last longer than 15th January 2020.
In the same vein, the ASUU president onbehalf of the lecturers also sympathized with the entire Nigerian students affected by the industrial action and noting that it is a sacrifice for the benefit of all especially the university system.
Ogunyem said, “no amount of sacrifice would be too much to get the matter resolved as long as the government is consistent with its commitments”.
He further said the union has never gone on strike for salary payment as being said by some quarters but for key demands that will aid the functionality of the lecturers and the university system.
“We did not go on strike because of salaries. We had key demands. We don’t see salary as a major issue because we know they’ll pay”.
ASUU further made known that the suspension of the strike is not permanent as the industrial action would return without any prior notice to the government if the leadership of the nation failed to fulfill his part of the agreement with the university lecturers.
While considering the safety of the students who will be returning to school based on the latest trend of the coronavirus pandemic, Ogunyemi said the reopening of the schools in line with the NCDC requirement for school operation is still in the hands of the senate and Federal Government.