Nigeria university lecturers end 3-month strike

An agreement between the teachers’ union, and the Nigerian government was reached in Abuja
Teachers march on Lagos-Ikorodu highway in a rally to protest government refusal to implement the teachers salary structure on July 24, 2008. The Nigeria Union of Teachers have the past three weeks withdrawn its members from classrooms to agitate for upward review of their pay in line with previous agreement with the government. AFP PHOTO PIUS UTOMI EKPEI (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

University lecturers in Nigeria have called off their three 3-months old strike after reaching an agreement between their union, ASUU and the Nigerian government in Abuja.

The strike began on November 5 last year.

The Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Nigerian government reached the agreement to end the strike on Thursday in Abuja after unanimously resolving eight contentious issues that had prolonged the strike in public universities across the country.

Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige and Education Minister, Malam Adamu Adamu brokered the deal on behalf of the government along with top officials of the union who represented the lecturers.

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News of the end of the strike will come as a relief to students and parents who have been facing tough conditions since the downing of tools by the university lecturers in what they said was a necessary evil to ensure that Nigeria’s education receives better funding and attention.

The government had been under pressure to ensure that the deal is sealed before the forthcoming presidential election which is a week away.

President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking re-election, had asked the ministers to do all within their powers to ensure that Nigeria’s tertiary institutions are reopened for learning.

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