“We have seen light at the end of the tunnel,” ASUU finally gives in, says it is ready to go back to class

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By Basit Jamiu

In a meeting with the leaders of the House of Representatives on Monday in Abuja, the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke said that the union is ready to put an end to its month-long strike.

Following an order from the appeal court directing the union to resume work immediately, the ASUU president said on Monday that he looks forward to ending the strike in a beautiful fashion, adding that they have finally found light at the end of the tunnel.

Osodeke also said that all hands must be on deck to build an educational institution that is strong and worthy of Nigeria’s pride. 

“In a few days, we will put this strike to an end. Let all of us working together and the members of the House of Representatives working together, put a beautiful end to this thing we have started so that every Nigerian will be proud that we have the universities we can be proud of,”  the president of the union said.

“We also extend our appreciation to the President for intervening in the ASUU strike. And I want to appeal that in the future we should not allow strikes to linger. Strike should not go beyond two days; if the way the National Assembly has intervened, if we had done that long ago, or if those in charge of Labour and Education had done exactly this, we would not have stayed more than two on the strike,” he added.

The president also said that strike actions also occur in developed countries like the United Kingdom and the United States but the governments of those countries do not allow it to linger before they find a solution.

The Citizen Reports had earlier reported that the federal government has committed N470 billion in the 2023 budget to strengthen the needs of public universities.

The Citizen Reports gathered that ASUU embarked on its month-long strike on February 14. Thereafter, the union had a series of dialogues with the federal government without reaching a mutual agreement. Subsequently, the federal government took the matter to court. 

ASUU is expected to officially call off its strike in a few days.

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