- ASUU has announced a "good news" over the possibility of resumption in January
- In a tweet on Tuesday, ASUU said it will call off its strike provided the FG begins to entertain its demands
- The body specifically maintained that the strike would be suspended when the FG commences the payment of its members' salaries
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday, December 22, gave a hint of resumption after over nine months of embarking on strike action.
The body, in a tweet sighted by Legit.ng, said it will call off its strike when the federal government "begin payment of withheld salaries" of lecturers.
The tweet read:
"Good news. Strike to be suspended as FG begin payment of withheld salaries of striking lecturers."
It would be recalled that the federal government on Monday, December 21, said Nigerian university students would be returning to classrooms by January 2021.
Speaking on the possibility of resumption, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, disclosed that so far, the level of agreement between the federal government and ASUU is 98%.
ASUU's tweet has now come as a confirmation that the reopening of schools may be near as expected as the federal government and ASUU have struck a unilateral agreement to bring the strike into an end after nine months.
FG, ASUU agree on payment of withheld allowance
Earlier, Legit.ng reported the federal government agreed to provide an additional sum of N15 billion to the 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.
This is coming weeks after the federal government insisted that the lecturers' body could not determine how it should be paid to its employers.
FG frustrating our Resumption - ASUU
In a related development, ASUU stated that the federal government was frustrating the union, hence the reason for the ongoing strike.
Speaking on Friday, October 30, on Channels TV, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, the national president of the union, stated that the federal government has not maintained a sincere position in consenting the demands of the union.
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