Following the suspension of the 8-month-old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the union President, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, has said that the lecturers may have difficulties in resuming classroom activities as the government is yet to pay their 8 months’ salary arrears.
Osodeke who confirmed the suspension of the strike in a television interview on Sunday, October 16, said the strike was suspended as a way of obeying the national industrial court order which had mandated the lecturers to resume school activities while negotiations with the federal government are ongoing.
He explained that lecturers are supposed to resume on Monday, October 17, but this may be hindered due to the lack of money for transportation, as a majority of the striking lecturers live far away from the school campuses, and most schools do not provide accommodation.
He further clarified that its disagreements with the government have not been fully resolved, and no agreement has been signed, however, the union expects the government to pay the eight months’ salary arrears to enable lecturers to resume while negotiations continue.
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