The Minister for Labour, Chris Ngige, has revealed that the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had promised to suspend their strike today (Wednesday)
The intimation was released by the media department of the office of the Hon Ministe on Tuesday.
Acccording to The Minister, the Federal Government has delivered on all its promises it made during parley meeting. He was reacting to the claim made by ASUU that the strike lingers because of the Government’s refusal to honour its pledges.
Ngige said: “The truth of the matter is that a ‘gentleman agreement’ was reached at the last meeting in which ASUU agreed to call off the strike before December 9, 2020.
“And the minister, in turn, agreed that once the strike is called off, he would get a presidential waiver for ASUU to be paid the remainder of their salaries on or before December 9,” Ngige said
He noted that, “the N40b Earned Academic Allowances have also been processed just as the N30bn revitalisation funds, bringing it to N70bn. Likewise, the visitation panels for the universities have been approved by the President but the panel cannot perform its responsibilities until the shut universities are re-opened