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4 months old ASUU strike may be called off today

There are indications that the Academic Staff
Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria may end its
four-month old strike on Saturday, November 16.
About 120 chapters of the union have voted in
support of the decision to end the strike at their
various congresses held in their institutions.
However, the National Executive of the body has
not ratified the decision to end the strike.
A Pro-Chancellor of the University of Benin,
Senator Effiong Bob, urged ASUU to end the strike
in honour of Late Fetus Iyayi, a former president of
the union.
Senator Bob, who was at the residence of the late
professor pointed out that Late Iyayi died while
trying to resolve the issue.
“ASUU Should call of the strike so that both the
union members and students can come and give
him the last respect he deserves during his
funeral,” he said.
Late Iyayi died on Tuesday, November 12, in an
auto crash on his way to Kano for a meeting of
the union.
In a meeting with the leadership of the union,
President Goodluck Jonathan had agreed to
provide 1.1 trillion Naira (about 6.9 billion dollars)
in the next five years and the balance of 62 billion
Naira (about 390 million dollars) and allowance to
each university.
The union had embarked on a nationwide strike on
July 1 suspending all academic activities.
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