Over the weekend, members of the university unions, including Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Education Institutions (NASU) and the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU) suspended their five months old strike. 

Driving the news 
The unions suspended the strike for 2 months after Nigeria’s Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu promised NASU, SSANU and ASUU N50 billions of earned allowances. The suspension of the strike is to effect from Wednesday, August 24, 2022.

In case you missed it 
NASU and SSANU had on March 27th 2022 embarked on a long-term strike after a two weeks’ warning strike. This was to express their displeasure over the unresolved issues with the federal government. In June the union extended the strike by 8 weeks. 

Some of these unions’ demands include the adoption of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS), unpaid earned salaries, delay in the renegotiation of the FGN – NASU, SSANU agreements, and non-payment of minimum wage arrears.

Others include poor funding of Nigerian state universities, non-payment of retirement benefits to outgoing members of the unions, etc.

What you should know 
ASUU and the federal government are still at loggerheads after the former rejected Nigeria’s government decision to implement the “no work, no pay” policy.

The suspended strike by SSANU and NASU disrupted the issuance of academic transcripts to graduates of university under the aegis of these unions, mobilisation of graduates for the compulsory one-year service to the country by the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC), etc. 
Even with the suspension of the strike by NASU and SSANU, academic activities in Nigerian universities under the aegis of ASUU would still be on hold.

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