Nigerian govt to reopen talks with striking university lecturers
The Nigerian government is eager to end the current strike action by lecturers that is four months old now. The government is sending a letter to the leadership of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) over the industrial action they embarked upon on April 9, 2020.
The government wants the striking lecturers to get ready to resume work while tabling their grievances for consideration.
The government now wants to fix a date for resumption of negotiations if the lecturers suspend their four-month-old strike.
An ASSU spokesman said “The move is meant to solicit the cooperation of the university lecturers in the efforts to put the necessary mechanism in place for the reopening of tertiary institutions after months of closure due to COVID-19 pandemic.
“The federal government will write to request that ASUU should suspend its industrial action to enable talks to commence on their grievances. The suspension of the strike is also important to get the university teachers involved in the preparations for the reopening of the institutions,” the anonymous spokesman said.
Among ASUU’s demands that led to the strike include a phased release of N1.1 trillion for the of universities and N220 billion as arrears of earned academic allowances to its members said to have accumulated for over ten years.