ASUU Suspends Strike, Tells Lecturers To Resume Work Immediately
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has finally suspended it’s eight months old industrial action.
The union, after it’s executive meeting today, Friday, October 14, 2022, instructed its members to resume work with effect from 12:01pm same day.
The meeting was ASUU’s response to the ruling of the Court of Appeal upholding the ruling of the National Industrial Court ordering the striking university lecturers to return back to the classroom.
ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said striking lecturers should resume work today in a statement issued at the end of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) emergency meeting on Friday in Abuja.
According to Osodeke, the meeting was called to review the developments since the union declared an indefinite strike action on August 29.
After outlining the issues of contention between ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria, ASUU president noted with regrets that the issues in dispute are yet to be satisfactorily addressed.
He said: “However, as a law-abiding union and in deference to appeals by Mr President and in recognition of the efforts of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rep. Femi Gbajabiamila, and other well-meaning Nigerians;
“ASUU NEC resolved to suspend the strike action embarked upon on February 14. Consequently, all members of ASUU are hereby directed to resume all services hitherto withdrawn with effect from 12:01 on Friday, October 14,” he said.
It would be recalled that after prolonged negotiations, the government took the matter to the National Industrial Court from where it went to the Court of Appeal.