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Tuesday, 22 November 2016

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ASUU ends strike as lecturers are ordered back to work

Some good news has come through for Nigerian students as the president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has confirmed that the strike has ended.

Professor Biodun Ogunyemi while speaking to the press on Tuesday, November 22, made it clear that the  one week nationwide warning strike over the non-implementation of a 2009
agreement with the federal government has ended.

Prof. Ogunyemi,also urged lecturers to return to work, saying: “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.”

In conclusion the ASUU president said they were hopeful of a positive outcome, going by the response coming from the federal government.

Meanwhile, this is quite different from what Dr Ifeanyi Abada, the chairman of the university of Nigeria, Nsukka chapter of the ASUU said.

He said that the strike would continue indefinitely, saying: “ASUU was left with no option than to proceed on the one-week warning strike; failure to meet our demands, we will go on an indefinite strike.

“The National Executive Committee made efforts to resolve this issue with the government but government remained unyielding.

“The strike compliance in UNN is total, no lectures, no examinations, no departmental and faculty meetings, as members will not participate.

“UNN chapter will not renege on the directive of the national body until government addresses all the issues raised. Our monitoring team is moving round; any lecturer found teaching will be sanctioned accordingly.”

Posted By: David Lilwizprince