By Tony Nwanne
Nigerian Senate Tuesday says the striking Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have agreed to halt their warning strike begun preparatory to a full-blown one. Senator Barau Jibrin, Chairman Senate Committee on Tertiary Institution and TETFUND, announced the decision reached at a parley between them and ASUU reps.
The Senator said the “eight-hour” deliberation was fruitful, and both sides have agreed to consult and reconvene a later date. He said all the grievances of the lecturers were touched upon and agreements reached accordingly, save for Earned Allowances.
“We (Senate and ASUU) have deliberated and dealt with all the important issues and we have agreed on all the issues except one – Earned Allowances.
“We have adjourned to make consultations … and reconvene to trash out the remaining issues,” said Jibrin.
Jibrin said the controversy over the Earned Allowances was due to the paucity of funds currently facing the government.
“Government due to the paucity of funds proposed certain amount of money but ASUU thought otherwise that money is inadequate. But it (ASUU) said it is going back to its members to report to them”, said Senator Mao Ohuabunwa, deputy committee chairman.