Emerging report reaching indicates that the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has agreed to call off its 8 months strike, after a final agreement with the President Muhammadu Buhari Federal Government.
The Leadership of ASUU reached the consensus during a meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday.
The Federal Government also pledged to pay N40 billion, as the Earned Allowance, and N30 billion, for the revitalisation of the University system, bringing the total payment to N70 billion.
The government further agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the Lecturers, before December 31, 2020.
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.
It was learnt that ASUU insisted that the agreement should not be announced, until it has been approved by its members.
Speaking to Journalists after the meeting, Ngige noted that the parley was fruitful, adding that, the government made a proposal to ASUU, which it would take back to its members.
His words: “Many issues were discussed at the meeting, including salary shortfall, the payment system, and revitalisation of the University system. I am positive that all the issues would be resolved at our next meeting.”
The President of ASUU, Professor Biodun Ogunyemi, simply noted that everything Ngige said was correct, and declined further comment.