ASUU SUSPENDS STRIKE TILL OCTOBER ENDING The Academic Staff Union of Universities has Monday, suspended the strike whose deliberation took a four-hour meeting with the Federal Government’s delegation in Abuja. The ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi stated this in a briefing at the Nigeria Labour Congress secretariat where he announced the union’s “conditional suspension of the strike.” According to Ogunyemi, the strike was kept hanging, after the Federal Government was issued a deadline of October ending to fulfill its promises. In his very words he said “We have signed a new Memorandum which takes action today (Monday). Each item on the list of the Memorandum of Association (MOA) has a timeline attached. We sincerely hope that our trust will not be dashed again. We hope that the government will abide with the timeline attached to all the items in the MoA. “Let us give a preventive advice; if the government unilaterally varies the agreements that is signed with our union, we should not be held responsible for the consequences. “So, based on the conditional suspension of the strike; after the National Executive Council of ASUU has agreed on the conditional suspension the ongoing action, with the latest proposal by the government to address contentious issues in the strike has a deadline of the end of October 2017. “All members of the ASUU are to resume work after their branch congresses on Tuesday, 19th September. “However, ASUU will not hesitate to do a review on its position, if the government breaks its promise on the MoA. “Though there is always the question of why ASUU must adopt the strike option, considering its impact on the quality of education which the union targets to raise. The answer to this is that ‘ASUU’s resolve to forge a hitch-free academic calendar has been proven by the chains it had often showed before embarking on a strike” he explained. During the four-hour meeting of the ASUU and the FG delegation which was led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, both parties signed a MoA which finalised their decisions. The MoA was presented to the union; the Minister of Education, the Accountant-General of Nigeria, the representatives of the Minister of Finance, the Minister of Budget and Planning, and officials of the salary and wages commission as well represented.