We Are Yet to Agree on Calling Off Strike -ASUU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has dismissed reports that it has agreed to call off the ongoing nationwide strike.

The Union's President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, dismissed the reports while speaking to the press on Saturday morning.

Ogunyemi stressed that it was only agreed that the union should convey the government’s message to their organs about the agreement before it can communicate their decision to the government after which a date would be announced to end the strike. 

He added that the suspension of the strike cannot be determined by him alone.

Reports had emerged Friday night that ASUU agreed to end the eight-month old strike after a meeting on Friday which lasted for more than eight hours. 

It was gathered that the Federal Government agreed to top up the payment to the varsities to the tune of N70bn.

The FG pledged to pay N40 billion as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revitalization of the university system to bring the total to N70 billion.

The FG also promised to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 4 but noted that it will take effect after due consultation with other officials in government.

The federal government had on October 20 accepted the demand by ASUU that its members be exempted from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System, IPPIS pending the approval of their proposed payment system, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution, UTAS.

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