The Academic Staff Union of University has called off the longest strike in the history of Nigeria Educational system conditionally.
The industrial strike action started since March 2020 with a lot of meeting not yielding fruitful results.
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).
The Decision to call off the 9 months old strike was taken by the National Executive council of ASUU 6:30am Wednesday morning.
Ogunyemi also said the lecturers sympathised with students who were also their children, adding that “no amount of sacrifice would be too much to get the matter resolved as long as the government is consistent with its commitments.”
While warning that the union would return to strike without notice if the government fails in meeting its part of the agreement reached with the university lecturers, Ogunyemi noted that the reopening of the schools, considering the COVID-19 pandemic, lies with the Federal Government and Senate.
The president of the union, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi who announced the suspension of the strike in Abuja, said the agreements which was reached in good faith with the government and the Union on Tuesday imposed some obligations on both sides.
“On our part we have undertaken to go back to the classrooms, laboratories etc, to do our best for our students and our country. We are going back to rekindle the motivation and aspirations in our members to strive to encourage our students to excel, all in the expectations that Governments both Federal and State will sincerely fulfil their own part of the bargain.
“We are returning to classes with the firm hope that parents will take prime interests in their children’s conditions of living and learning, better funding, better laboratories, and free development for their children, in order to get an all-round education that will enable them compete with the rest of the world. We appeal to parents to work with us for the revitalization of public Universities.”