ASUU strike: Universities will resume January 2021, says Ngige

ASUU strike: Universities will resume January 2021, says Ngige

- The ASUU strike which has lasted for about one year will be over in no time

- This assurance was given to Nigerians by the federal government on Monday, December 21

- The government noted that it has reached an encouraging level of agreement with the union

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After about one year of being at home first due to the coronavirus pandemic, then as a result of the prolonged strike enacted by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nigerian university students will be returning to classrooms by January 2021.

This disclosure was given on Monday, December 21, by the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige.

Ngige revealed that so far, the level of agreement between the federal government and ASUU is 98%, The Nation reports.

The minister said that the remaining two percent is what some persons might refer to as promissory notes.

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ASUU strike: Universities will resume January 2021, says Ngige
The federal government has said that universities will resume by January 2021 (Photo: @fkeyamo)
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His words:

“We have met about 98 percent of the request of ASUU. Some 5 to 2 percent is what you can call promissory notes.
“So, I am very hopeful that by midnight today, there are some works we are supposed to get on to do. They also have some work they are supposed to do on their own side with their people.
“Tuesday, we will meet in the afternoon and we will compare notes. We will put everything on the table and compare. I believe that we might have come to the end of the strike when we meet tomorrow."

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Meanwhile, ASUU had said lecturers would resume when the federal government implements the offers it made to the union.

ASUU's president, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi told The Nation on Sunday, December 6, that the government was yet to release the withheld salaries of some of its members.

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The ASUU president pointed out that despite the latest offer from the government’s negotiating team, none of the offers made had been implemented.

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