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ASUU Agrees to Suspend 8-months-old Strike

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has agreed to end its strike that has grounded activities in Nigerian government-owned universities for eight months.

The union accepted to suspend its strike at a meeting on Friday with the Federal Government delegation led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.

ASUU based this decision on the commitment of the Federal Government to pay N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalisation of the university system bringing the total payment to N70 billion.

The Federal Government also consented to pay the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31.

ASUU is expected to report the agreement to its organs and communicate their decision to the government after which a date for calling off the strike would be disclosed.

This agreement comes one week after the Federal Government accepted the demand by the ASUU that they be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System pending the approval of their proposed payment system,  the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.

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