The near-a-year strike of the Academic Staff Union Of Universities(ASUU) seems to be nearing an end as the body finally reached a new deal with the Federal Government.
After several weeks of negotiations between FG and ASUU, a new deal was reached late, on Friday, November 27th.
According to the Punch, the new deal contains that ASUU will call of its ongoing strike after FG agreed to raise its allowances to N70bn.
The federal government further agreed to pay the outstanding arrears of lecturers before December 31st.
However, reports have been gathered that the Union(ASUU) will not make formal announcement about the review untill the body has presented the agreement before its various zones and branches.
The body also confirmed this in a tweet shared on its official Twitter handle(@ASUUNGR).
ASUU is expected to report the agreement to its organs and then communicate their decision to the government after which a date for the calling off of the strike would be announced.— Official_ASUU (@ASUUNGR) November 28, 2020
ASUU also confirmed in the tweet shared on the body’s official Twitter handle, that it had indeed reached a new deal with the Federal Government.
In the tweet, ASUU also made a strong statement pertaining to the key condition for ending it’s strike which says that the body still refuses to register it’s members on the government payment platform, IPPIS.
#JUST IN: The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has shifted ground on FG's offer.— Official_ASUU (@ASUUNGR) November 27, 2020
The Union insisted that payment of outstanding salaries must not be done as through IPPIS platform as promised, if strike would be suspended.
Wait for more details#ASUUANDFG
Many Nigerian students have reacted to ASUU’s tweet, with most of them venting out their frustration over the delay of a formal announcement of the Union’s end of strike.
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Finally, ASUU agrees to end strike. Now we await a formal announcement from the union. Pray hard and start preparing for resumption. Feel free to leave your comments in the comment section below.