First Word on SB

First Word on SB

Telling stories that matter to Nigerians


FW: ASUU suspends strike, finally

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha-Nana Salaudeen

Aisha is trying to figure out how to tell as many impact stories as possible in different forms.

This article is part of our #FirstWord series to provide context on trending news

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Friday, 8th February 2019 suspended its nationwide strike that started 4th November 2018. The suspension came in after multiple meetings between the federal government and members of the union. ASUU has now directed its members to immediately return to teaching students.


Why strike?

For many years now, ASUU has been at loggerheads with the government over different agreements revolving around funding for public universities, university autonomy and conditions of service. The agreements, which go unfulfilled or partly fulfilled constitute major reasons for the very frequent strike action by academic staff of government-owned universities.

Some of the negotiated agreements that have led to different strike actions include:

  • Funding for the revitalisation of public universities based on a previously signed Memorandum of Understanding in 2012, 2013 and 2017 by both parties (ASUU and the federal government)

  • Payment of earned academic allowances to loyal ASUU members

  • Provision of a platform by the federal government for ASUU to engage Governors on the proliferation of universities, underfunding of university education and undue interference in the affairs of the universities

  • Payment of all arrears of shortfall in all universities that have met the verification requirements of the Presidential Initiative on Continuous Audit (PICA)

Read More