ASUU: FG uncovers when union consented to call off strike

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ASUU: FG uncovers when union consented to call off strike

The Federal Government has guaranteed the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had vowed to cancel their nine-month-old strike before Wednesday, December 9.

This was contained in an assertion from the media office of the Minister of Labor and Employment, Senator Chris Ngige, on Tuesday.

Ngige demanded the public authority has conveyed on offers made to ASUU.

The Minister was reacting to claims made by ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, that the government has failed to deliver on offers it made to them.

Ogunyemi had made it clear the lecturers would not return to classes until their salary arrears were paid.

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Ngige has, however, claimed ASUU agreed at their last meeting on November 27 to call off the strike.

“The truth of the matter is that a ‘gentleman agreement’ was reached at the last meeting in which ASUU agreed to call off the strike before December 9, 2020.

“And the minister, in turn, agreed that once the strike is called off, he would get a presidential waiver for ASUU to be paid the remainder of their salaries on or before December 9,” Ngige said

Ngige likewise uncovered that speakers were paid for February and March, before an expansion was made to the long periods of April, May and June when they were protesting, “on sympathetic ground”.

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