If the emerging report is something to go by, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) may call off its strike action today, Wednesday, December 23.
This is as the federal government was said to have begun paying two-month arrears of the university lecturers.
Recall that ASUU had in a tweet on Tuesday, December 22, hinted at the possibility of resumption after over nine months of embarking on strike action.
The lecturers’ body said it would call off its strike when the federal government “begin payment of withheld salaries” of lecturers.
Also, the federal government on Monday, December 21, said Nigerian university students would be returning to classrooms by January 2021.
Speaking on the possibility of resumption, the minister of labour and employment, Chris Ngige, disclosed that so far, the level of agreement between the federal government and ASUU is 98%.
In a subsequent development, a university don told The Nation that ASUU leaders would today address a news conference where the lecturers may suspend their strike.
The unnamed professor added that the federal government has been entertaining the demands of ASUU by commencing the payment of the lecturers’ arrears after the last meeting with the leadership of the body.
However, some members of the ASUU said the strike may still continue despite the payment of the two-month arrear because the federal government cannot be “trusted”.
An ASUU member said:
“We are saying that they should pay four (months) they are owing us. If they pay four, it will remain only one, and then, may be, December; we will minus December which is the sixth one.”