UPDATE: FG reveals when ASUU agreed to call off strike

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The Federal Government has claimed that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had promised to call off their nine-month-old strike before Wednesday, December 9.

The notice was contained in a statement from the media office of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Tuesday.

The Minister insisted the federal government has delivered on offers made to ASUU.

Ngige, while reacting to the claims made by ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, that the federal government has failed to deliver on offers ASUU made to them.

Ogunyemi had made it clear that the University lecturers would not return to classes until their salary arrears were paid. 

Chief Ngige has, however, claimed Academic Staff Union of Universities agreed at their last meeting on November 27 to call off the strike.

“The truth of the matter is that a ‘gentleman agreement’ was reached at the last meeting in which ASUU agreed to call off the strike before December 9, 2020.

“And the minister, in turn, agreed that once the strike is called off, he would get a presidential waiver for ASUU to be paid the remainder of their salaries on or before December 9,” Ngige said

The Minister added that “the N40b Earned Academic Allowances have also been processed just as the N30bn revitalization funds, bringing it to N70bn. Likewise, the visitation panels for the universities have been approved by the President, but the panel cannot perform its responsibilities until the shut universities are reopened.”

Ngige also revealed that lecturers were paid for February and March before an extension was made to the months of April, May, and June when they were already on strike, “on the compassionate ground.”

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