ASUU Says 7-month-old Strike Not Yet Suspended

Nigeria’s prominent lecturers’ group, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), said it has not suspended its strike.

Nigerian Tribune reported the Lagos zonal coordinator of ASUU, Profesor Olusiji Sowande, made this known on Saturday, October 17.

Sowande said media reports claiming that the strike has been suspended are not true.

He also said that the claim that the federal government had released N30 billion for Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) is not also true.

The union leader explained that the dialogue between ASUU and the federal government to resolve the issues that led to the strike is still ongoing.

Also corroborating the position of Professor Sowande, the chairman of ASUU at the University of Lagos, Dr Dele Ashiru, said it was only the National Executive Council of the union that can call-off the strike.

He added that the decision of the NEC must also be subjected to the congress, noting the president of the union cannot unilaterally suspend the strike.

According to the Nigerian Tribune, the strike by the lecturer’s union is now seven month’s old.

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