The Academic Staff Union of Universities announced on Thursday that the union would suspend its extended strike as soon as its president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, has indicated that varsity professors are ready to go back to school.
The President of the ASUU indicated that the FG, through the Minister of Labour and Jobs, Dr Chris Ngige, had assured him that it would meet the requirements of the Union within the timeframe stipulated.
Prof Ogunyemi, who spoke at a meeting between the FG, led by the Labour Minister and the President-in-Office of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, said that their members are ready to resume because it is a matter of national interest.
He points out that their members also have their children at home, like all other parents who have their children at home due to the prolonged strike.
The ASUU president said: “Our members are ready and willing to go to class because it is a matter of national interest. Just like every other person’s child is at home, our member’s children are also at home.”
Prof Ogunyemi commended the Senate President and the Minister of Labour and Employment, the AG of the Federation, among others for making it possible for them to discuss on the issues.
He pointed out that though, ASUU delegation came with an open mind to the meeting, its members out there expect much from the meeting.
9jatalks reported that the Federal Government agreed to release N20 billion for revitalisation of public universities until Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, makes a request for additional funding.
The government also agreed to release N30 billion as Earned Academic Allowance to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off their strike.The money would be paid in tranches between May 2021 and February 2022.