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News Alert: ASUU Agrees With FG, To Suspend Strike | The Precision

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Reports say that the striking university lecturers have reached a
truce with the federal government and will suspend their industrial
action anytime from now.

The lecturers were represented by the Academic Staff Union of
Universities (ASUU) at a marathon meeting with the representatives of
the Federal Government.
ASUU is expected to convene its National Executive Council (NEC)
where a decision will be taken to formally suspend the strike which has
crippled universities across the country.
They rose from the meeting early on Friday in Abuja after reaching an
agreement that was mutually acceptable, including the commencement of
payment of salary shortfalls.
Dr. Chris Ngige, is reported to have assured ASUU that the government had started paying the arrears of salary.
ASUU insisted that the Federal Government must remit N200 billion
into the universities’ revitalisation fund before the on-going strike
can be suspended.
Those who represented ASUU at the negotiation are a former President
of the union, Prof. Assisi Asobie, and President of the Nigeria Labour
Congress (NLC), Ayuba Wabba.
Issues in contention include the registration of Nigerian
Universities Pension Management Company (NUPEMCO); fractionalisation of
salaries in federal universities and gross under-funding/non-funding of
state universities.
Others include payment of arrears and the implementation of earned
academic allowance; and the non-release of funds for the revitalisation
of public universities as spelt out in the 2013 Memorandum of
Understanding.
Other issues are guidelines for the retirement benefits of professors
in line with the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement; Treasury Single Account (TSA)
and withdrawal of support for universities’ staff primary schools. 
Source: NAN

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