The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has on Tuesday suspended its one week warning strike and has directed all lecturers to immediately “go back to work”.
ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, who confirmed this to newsmen in Abuja on Tuesday, noted that talks with the Federal Government is still in progress.
“We are making progress, especially with the intervention of the Senate. In the next one or two meetings, if we are able to get a clear path to the matter, we will avoid elongation of the strike action.
“I have been receiving these reports that ASUU says strike continues. No. The strike ends today (Tuesday). All lecturers are to go back to work Wednesday morning.”
Prof. Ogunyemi says he anticipates a positive outcome, going by the response coming from the Federal Government.
ASUU had on Wednesday embarked on a warning strike following the failure of the government to implement an agreement reached between the two parties in 2009.
The Senate, at a plenary on Tuesday, authorised it’s President to intervene and avert a possible worsening of the situation.
Thus, on Monday, the Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETfund called for a meeting with the union executives. But the eight-hour meeting between both parties was said to have ended in deadlock as they failed to agree on lecturers’ earned allowances.
Briefing journalists after the meeting, Sen. Barau, who is chairman of the Committee said the meeting agreed on all issues at stake except the one on ‘earned allowance’.
ASUU president was said to have declined to comment as the union’s delegation to the meeting quietly walked away without talking to journalists.