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ASUU “conditionally” suspends strike, announces resumption

The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) has  “conditionally” suspended its strike action which began in March 2020. This was announced by the National President of the union, Biodun Ogunyemi.

The ASUU president made the announcement during a briefing of the union in Abuja, explaining that the development followed the agreement reached with the Federal Government and a meeting with its National Executive Council (NEC).

He however warned that ASUU would return to strike without notice if the government fails in meeting its part of the agreement reached with the university lecturers.

He said the agreements reached are to be met within January and March next year. Failure to meet the agreements would trigger fresh industrial actions, he said.

Professor Ogunyemi thanked students and their parents for their understanding throughout the nine-month period and 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 stated.

Now that ASUU has suspended Strike, When will Universities Resume?

According to ASUU, the suspension of the strike takes effect from 12: 00 am December 24th, 2020. This means that schools are free to announce their resumption dates as from December 24th, 2020.

So the resumption date for each school will depend on the decision of the management and senate of the different schools. From all indications, most universities will resume before the end of January.

However, considering the 2nd wave of the pandemic, some schools may not be in a rush to announce resumption until it is relatively safe to do so or wait for the Federal Government to give a go-ahead on that.

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