The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has given the Federal Government some conditions that must be met before the group calls off its six-month-old strike.
Recall that ASUU has been on strike since February 14, 2022, following the government’s failure to meet some demands of the union.
Speaking on ChannelsTV’s flagship morning programme, Sunrise Daily, on Friday, the ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, said the government must clear the backlog of salaries for lecturers before the strike is suspended.
Justifying his position, Osodeke maintained that while other striking unions do not need to clear the backlog of work during the strike period, lecturers continue from where they stopped before downing tools.
“Other unions go on strike and come back, all those periods for which you are on strike, you don’t need to do the backlog of work,” he said.
“But for ASUU, when we go back today, we are going to start from the 2020/2021 session. For these two sets of students that have been admitted by JAMB, we must teach them over these periods to ensure that we meet up with the system,” he added.
Meanwhile, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of Allied and Education Institutions have suspended their strike action for two months.
Both unions made the decision on Saturday, August 20, 2022, after a meeting with the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, in Abuja.