Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Wednesday, explained its reasons for suspending the protracted 9-month industrial action, saying it was a sacrifice as part of its avowed commitment at ensuring that the issues in contention with Federal Government which prompted the trade dispute are resolved.
Speaking, Wednesday, after announcing the suspension of the strike during a briefing with the media, ASUU National President, Biodun Ogunyemi, however, vowed to resume the strike if the Federal Government reneged on its part of the agreement.
ASUU has been locked in negotiations with Federal Government delegations at several fora, since the relaxation of national restriction placed to check the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic, with the latest meeting in Abuja being the third.
ASUU declared a national industrial action in March, this year.
Briefing the media after the latest round of meeting, Wednesday, Ogunyemi said, university lecturers sympathised with students ‘who were also their children.’
With the suspension of the industrial action by the lecturers, it is yet unclear when the Federal Government will announce resumption of academic activities shut since the outbreak of Covid-19, in view of the latest tightening of restrictions announced by the Presidential Task Force on Covid-19 (PTF) which, only Monday, banned large gatherings and meetings.
PTF explained that the decision was adopted to check a second wave of the Covid-19 following rising numbers of positive cases for the virus recorded in parts of the country.
The suspension of the strike further brings an end to the plight of students stranded at home following the shutting down of public universities across the country since March, this year