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Finally, ASUU suspends strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has finally suspended its strike.

An official of ASUU disclosed this, but the union is yet to make its decision public.

ASUU has been on strike since February 14. The federal government and the union have failed to reach an agreement over demands bordering on salaries and allowances of lecturers.

There have been many meetings between the government and ASUU, but all the meetings so far ended in a deadlock.

During the union’s meeting with the leadership of the house of representatives in Abuja on Monday, ASUU president said if the national assembly had intervened earlier the strike would not have lingered.

“In a few days, we will put this strike to an end. Let all of us working together and the members of the House of Representatives working together, put a beautiful end to this thing we have started so that every Nigerian will be proud that we have the universities we can be proud of,” he said.

“We also extend our appreciation to the President for intervening in the ASUU strike. And I want to appeal that in future we should not allow strike to linger. Strike should not go beyond two days; if the way the National Assembly has intervened, if we had done that long ago, or those in charge of Labour and Education had done exactly this, we would not have stayed more than two or weeks on the strike.

“Strike is all over the world, UK, U.S. all over, but they don’t allow it to last. So, once again, thank you very much and we hope that working together, in the next few days, we can put an end to this particular imbroglio in the Nigerian educational system.”

The appeal court sitting in Abuja had ordered ASUU to call off its strike.

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