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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its eight-month-old strike.
A former President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, in an interview in Abuja on Friday, said: “The union will issue a statement to that effect as soon as possible.

”He said union decided to suspend the strike during a meeting of its leadership that started on Thursday night and lasted into the early hours of Friday.

The meeting was called by the union to determine its next line of action after its state branches met over the Court of Appeal ruling on October 7.

Also, the Chairman of ASUU in the University of Abuja, Prof. Kasim Umar confirmed the suspension.

He said the National ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, will brief newsmen.

The Court of Appeal had ordered ASUU to suspend the strike before its appeal of the ruling ordering lecturers to resume work can be heard.

Members of the union’s National Executive Committee, which comprises the chairmen of the state chapters and members of the national executive, attended the meeting at the ASUU National Secretariat in Abuja.

The union embarked on the industrial action on February 14, 2022, to press home an improved academic environment and welfare of members.

Some of the lecturers’ demands are the funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), and promotion arrears.

Others are the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System.

Several meetings between the union and the Federal Government have ended in deadlock due to non-agreement on the demands.

The Federal Government later went to court to challenge the strike but the union insisted it would not resume until its demands are met by the government.

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