The Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) has officially announced a conditional suspension of its over 5-week old nationwide strike.
The President of the Union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, announced the suspension while addressing a news conference at about 9.30 pm on Monday night after another round of meeting with the government delegation led by the Minister of Labour, Senator Chris Ngige in Abuja.
The union also directed its members to return to the classroom with immediate effect – tomorrow, Tuesday.
The ASUU President said it was suspending the strike till end of October for government to fulfill its pledges.
He said that the union will not hesitate to resume the suspended action if the government renege on the signed agreement which he called Memorandum of Action, adding that the signed agreement was backed by a definite timeline for implementation.
He warned that the government must not deliberately dishonor the agreement, pointing out that the continuous breach of signed agreement has been responsible for the constant strike action in the Universities.
Ogunyemi said that the current agreement with the government is based on mutual trust between the union and the government, adding that the trust of the union must be respected by the government.
It is understood that the meeting, which started about 4.00pm was supposed to last for about one hour, but dragged for about four hours before agreement was reached on all contending issues.