The lecturers or instructors, who are on strike, are anticipated to return to the classroom at any moment.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is rumoured to have called off its strike.
Even though the decision has not yet been formally announced, a highly placed source confirmed to The Punch that the union voted to end the eight-month strike at the conclusion of the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which was held at the ASUU secretariat in Abuja.
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Remember that Pulse stated earlier that the NEC would decide during an all-night meeting scheduled to start on the evening of Thursday, October 13, 2022.
Meanwhile, The Punch has confirmation from an extremely knowledgeable insider at the NEC that “Yes, it has been called off.”
The insider responded that “the president will make an official circular in the morning” when pressed for more information.
What a coincidence: According to Pulse, today marks the eighth month exactly since ASUU on February 14, 2022, ceased academic activity at universities controlled by the government due to the Federal Government’s reluctance to uphold agreements between the two parties.
After several failed negotiations with the union, the government moved the National Industrial Court to order ASUU to return to the classroom through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige.
ASUU was unsuccessful in its legal battle; although the judge ordered lecturers to return to their classes right away, the union appealed the ruling to the Abuja appellate court.
Although the court had previously recommended the union consider reaching an out-of-court settlement with the federal government, the appeals court refused to allow a hearing because the judge ordered ASUU to first comply with the lower court’s decision.
On Wednesday, October 12, union branches conducted congresses to determine their course of action, which appeared to have concluded in the cessation of the arduous strike. This is what appears to be the end of the road for ASUU.
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