- ASUU has again addressed speculation surrounding its ongoing strike
- Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, the president of ASUU said there is no new development about its ongoing strike
- Ogunyemi promised that ASUU would make announcements through proper channels if new developments arise
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has dismissed reports claiming that the union has announced the suspension of its eight-month-old strike.
The president of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, on Saturday, November 21, distanced the union from the said announcement, TVC News reported.
Ogunyemi said the union would address a press conference when it intends to call off the strike.
“ASUU does not have a Twitter account. Many people have been bombarding me with telephone calls and I can’t answer again. If we want to call off our strike, we will address a press conference and that is how we operate.”
Meanwhile, the federal government has agreed to provide an additional sum of N15 billion to ASUU.
This means a cumulative sum of N65 billion has been provided for the settlement of the lecturers' allowances and the revitalization of the university system.
During a 7-hour meeting on Friday, November 20, it was also agreed that ASUU will be exempted from the Integrated Personnel Payroll System (IPPIS) which has been generating hiccups against the end of the strike action.
In another news, the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) has said ASUU has not called off its strike because some issues raised by the union have not been attended to.
The president of the NLC, Ayuba Wabba on Tuesday, November 17, said the labour union could not advise ASUU to call off its strike until the pending issues are resolved with the government.
Wabba made the disclosure when he spoke with journalists after presenting NLC’s position on six executive bills before the Senate committee on aviation, Daily Trust reported.
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