Nigeria’s university lecturers end eight-month strike
Millions of students have been at home since February 14, the latest in a long wave of nationwide strikes.
Nigeria’s Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended an eight-month strike, the group has said on social media.
ASUU, the umbrella body for university lecturers nationwide, announced the move on Friday but did not provide details on when schools will reopen.
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (@ASUU_NGR_) has suspended the strike. #Asuu #AsuuStrikeUpdate
— ASUU_NGR (@ASUU_NGR_) October 14, 2022
The decision came after intense negotiations between ASUU and government representatives at a meeting mediated by members of the House of Representatives in Abuja, local media reported.
“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,” ASUU president Emmanuel Osodeke was quoted as saying by local media.
“We also extend our appreciation to the president for intervening in the ASUU strike. And I want to appeal that in future we should not allow strike to linger. Strike should not go beyond two days,” Osodeke added.
He is also expected to announce in the coming days when academic activities will resume in universities.
Millions of students nationwide have been at home since February 14 as part of the latest of a long wave of strikes, which are common in Nigeria.
Nigeria has more than 100 public universities and an estimated 2.5 million students, according to the country’s National Universities Commission. At least 15 recorded strikes have taken place in the universities since 2000.
The striking lecturers were demanding a review of their conditions of service including the platform the government uses to pay their earnings, improved funding for the universities and payment of their salaries withheld since the strike started.