The Academic Staff Union of Universities is set to call off its strike on Monday, October 17, 2022 as the Federal Government has agreed to pay the outstanding eight months’ salaries.
ASUU made this known in a post on its official Twitter handle @ASUU_NG on Tuesday.
The tweet reads: “BREAKING NEWS Universities to Reopen 17th October 2022 as Federal Govt Agrees To Pay The Outstanding 8 Months’ Salaries.
(1/2) #ASUUstrike #AsuuStrikeUpdate.
“Revitalization and salary areas have been cleared. Although the issue of UTAS is not finalized, for now, ASUU members have agreed to resume October 17th.”
Counsel for ASUU, Femi Falana, on Monday stated that his clients were ready to call off the strike.
In a terse message, the Senior Advocate of Nigeria also called on the Federal Government to fast track and finalise its negotiations with ASUU.
He expressed confidence that the meeting between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, and the presidency over the matter, would yield positive results.
Responding to enquiry on the state of the ASUU strike, Falana said, “Our clients are ready to call off the strike. The Federal Government should fast track and finalise the negotiations.
“Hon Gbajabiamila and his colleagues in the House of Representatives have been in touch with the Presidency over the matter.
“I am reasonably confident that the consultations between the House and the Presidency will yield positive results in the interest of the striking lecturers and the students.”
Following a meeting with the presidency, Gbajabiamila on Friday said the house has done its part to end the months-long ASUU strike and Nigerians will hear the outcome of the deliberations from the President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Court of Appeal in Abuja, on Friday, ordered ASUU to call off its seven-month strike.
The court gave the order after dismissing the union’s application for a stay of execution of an earlier ruling of the National Industrial Court directing the university lecturers to resume work.
The ASUU National President, Emmanuel Osodeke had said that the union will study the ruling of the appeal court which ordered its members to return back to work.