The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday announced a conditional suspension of its five weeks strike with a time line for the Federal Government to implement the memorandum of action they entered into.
The National President of ASUU, Prof. Abiodun Ogunyemi who briefed journalists after a meeting with the Federal Government Negotiation Team, said all the items on the list had a time line and in event the government failed to implement the agreement, the union will not hesitate to take appropriate action.
Areas of agreement include funding for revitalization of public universities and the issue of Earn Academic Allowances, the issue of University Staff Schools and the implementation of the judgement of the National Industrial Court, National Universities Pension Management Company and guidelines for pension matters for Professors.
The meeting between ASUU and the Federal Government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment Senator Chris Ngige which started about 4.00pm dragged for about four hours before agreement was reached on all contending issues.
Senator Ngige said all the gray areas had been sorted out and an agreement reached and that members of the union had insisted that they were tired of having agreements that are not implemented, pointing out that the content of the agreement was taken from the series of meeting with the union since the commencement of the strike.
He said both the government and the union understood themselves and agreed in several issues, assuring that the agreement reached will be implemented by the government in line with available resources.
He also said that the union agreed to the exemption offered by the government regarding the issue of TSA, which include the issue of grants, endowment fund as well as salary short fall which he said is already being implemented by government.
On the issue of state universities, he said they agreed that the union will submit a position paper to the Federal Government on their observation with a view for government to advise state government on the funding of state universities.