by Paul Osas
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has agreed to suspend its four months long strike if and only if its conditions to be tabled before President Goodluck Jonathan are met in totality.
ASUU is demanding that her members be paid in full, all outstanding salary arrears and allowances without victimization.
Also, the union is demanding the immediate implementation of the N1.2tn offer by the Federal Government to public universities, starting with the release of N100bn this year. The balance of N1.1tn is to be spread over five years from 2014.
Words from sources at the ASUU NEC session in Kano, say a strong commitment to these demands, among others, must be obtained from the President before the industrial action will be called off by the union.
One of the sources said the issue now is on trust and that the union does not want a situation where promises by the Presidency will not be kept. They noted that authorities have failed them in the past and do not want a repeat of that, hence they decided at the NEC meeting that the government should pay the arrears of salaries being owed since the strike began on July1 before the strike can be called off.
Meanwhile, it was gathered that ASUU leadership has banned its local chapters and zonal chairmen from talking to the media until after the session with the President. Another source said the union leaders are meeting with the President on Monday to table these conditions. Once the President accepts these its terms, the strike will be called off.
Giving details of the NEC resolution, the source said in principle that members voted about 60-40 per cent to call off the strike, but they added a caveat –that their leaders should extract a commitment (signed and sealed) from the President.