Relief came the way of Nigerians as the Academic Staff Union of Univer-sities (ASUU) and the National Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG), which called its members out on strike, have suspended their industrial actions. ASUU suspended its action after two months, with a call on the Federal Government “to fulfil its obligation in respect of funding and all other matters contained in its offers”.
ASUU President, Prof. Ukachukwu Awuzie, who briefed journalists in Abuja yesterday, said the Federal Government, at the end of the discussions, communicated its position vide a letter dated January 24, which was considered by all its branches nationwide. Among the Federal Government’s commitment are the following: “Government will immediately stimulate the process with the sum of N100 billion and will build this up to a yearly sum of N400 billion in the next three years. These interventions will be based on identified prioritised needs.
“As soon as the legislative procedures for the Bill on 70 years Retirement Age for Academics at the professorial cadre are concluded, the president shall assent to it, not later than the end of February 2012.