LAGOS, 23 December 2020 – Lecturers in Nigerian public universities will return to work after their union announced the suspension of a nine-month strike on Tuesday..
The strike has been suspended after “concrete agreements” were reached with the federal government, the BBC cited Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, the national president of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, as saying.
Learning in public universities across the country was crippled during the nine months of the strike, according to reports.
Lecturers will return to the universities on Thursday, according to the agreement.
Prof. Ogunyemi warned that the strike will resume if the government of Nigeria fails to fulfill the return-to-work deal that was reached between the union and Nigerian federal authorities.
The union has been pushing the government of Nigeria to implement a 2009 agreement that promised equipment for universities and an increase in the pay of lecturers.
The union says students will only be invited back to universities campuses once the measures have been put in place to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus.