Nigeria: Varsities Resume Today

Date: 12-10-2009 10:48 am (14 years ago) | Author: Teeco Designer
- at 12-10-2009 10:48 AM (14 years ago)
Ibadan — Academic activities will resume in Nigeria's universities today as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended its three-month old strike for two weeks.

This followed the directive of the national secretariat of ASUU which called ":on the striking lecturers to go back to work with effect from last Friday.

The directive titled "Suspen-sion of Strike" was signed by ASUU President, Professor Ukachukwu Awuzie for and on behalf of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union.

The union however said suspension of strike would only be for two weeks "so as to enable a cordial atmosphere for the peaceful conclusion of negotiation to ensue between it and the Federal Government."

The statement, which was made available to journalists in Ibadan, read in part: "In deference to Mr. President's intervention, the union resolved to suspend the strike for two weeks with effect from Friday, October 9, 2009 to enable a cordial atmosphere for the peaceful conclusion of negotiation to ensue. The union expects that this gesture would accelerate the process of returning the Nigerian Univesity system to normal academic activities and calendar."

The ASUU President therefore called on the Federal Government to "as a matter of urgency, conclude agreements with other unions in the university system so that our universities would be returned to proper functioning.

"Government must avoid any action and situation that are capable of destroying the existing harmony among the unions on the campuses," the ASUU statement read.

Awuzie, who is the first professor of architecture in the country assured Nigerian students and the entire nation that the struggle for the education system would continue collectively with patriotic forces, "until we achieve the desired goal - a country of educated citizens struggling to overcome economic and political backwardness and striving to survive in the 21st Century."

He commended the efforts of Nigerian students, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and the Labour Movement including the Trade Union Congress, Civil Society Organisations, especially Labour Civil Society Coalition, media organisations and millions of Nigerians for their support during the struggle.

It would be recalled that ASUU declared an indefinite strike on June 22, 2009 following the refusal of government to sign the agreement it entered into with the union after two and half years of negotiation.

Source: DailyChampion

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