The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) earlier this morning, Wednesday, December 23, 2020 “conditionally” suspended its strike, ending a protracted industrial action that started since March 2020.
ASUU National President, Biodun Ogunyemi made the announcement during a briefing of the union in Abuja, explaining that the development followed consultations with its National Executive Council (NEC).
Professor Biodun Ogunyemi pointed out that the Federal Government had agreed to implement the University Transparency Account System (UTAS) which the union had prescribed instead of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) of the FG. However, he also stated that the university lecturers’ salary arrears will be paid by the government on a different platform.
The ASUU chairman also noted that the union would return to strike without notice if the government fails in fulfilling its part of the agreement reached with university lecturers. He thanked students and parents for their understanding throughout the nine-month period the strike lasted.
Finally, it is good to note that the last meeting that led to this final decision came after the Federal Government offered a cumulative of N65 billion to the lecturers to address earned academic allowances and revitalisation of universities.
SOURCE – Channels TV