ASUU Calls Off Six Months Old Strike

ASUU-Strike-UpdateThe Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has called off its 5 months old strike which commenced on July 1, 2013.

The union called off the strike after its The National Executive Council meeting which held on Monday and Tuesday in Minna, the Niger State capital.

ASUU NEC has therefore directed its branches nationwide to resume work immediately and urges the Federal Government to implement their December 11 resolutions.

The leadership of the union had last week reached an agreement with the Federal Government and a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to that effect.

The agreement reached at the negotiations included conditions of service for university lecturers, funding of universities, university autonomy and academic freedom, and issues that required legislation to implement.

It included details such as the breakdown of lecturers’ salary structure, staff loans, pension, overtime, and moderation of examinations.

Part of the agreement dwelt on funding of universities where both parties agreed that each federal university should get at least N1.5 trillion between 2009 and 2011 while state universities, within the same period, should receive N3.6 million per student.

The agreement also had parts that asked the re-negotiation committee to ensure that at least 26 percent of Nigeria’s annual budget was allocated to education, and half of that allocation to universities.

The agreement also asked that the 2004 Joint Admission and Matriculation Board, JAMB, Act, and the National University Commission Act 2004, be amended.

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