The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has explained why it called off its over one-month industrial action.
ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, disclosed that the decision was reached after an extensive consultation process with relevant stakeholders.
In a statement he signed, Ogunyemi, said the body took into cognizance major proposals from government.
Ogunyemi, however, placed a deadline of October ending for government to meet up with its promises.
The statement reads in part: “After an elaborate and extensive consultation process, the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU has agreed to conditionally suspend the ongoing action, taking into cognizance that major proposals from government to address the contending issues in the strike action has a deadline of the end of October, 2017.
“All members of ASUU are to resume work after their branch congresses tomorrow, 19th September, 2017. However, ASUU will not hesitate to review its position should government reneges on the signed Memorandum of Action.
“As a Union of intellectuals, ASUU shall not relent in confronting all human and artificial barriers to a transformed university education for the betterment of Nigerians and our dear Nation. For us, this may be a life-time project. We owe it to prosperity, for the sake of our children and their children’s children.
“We thank all Nigerians for their understanding of the irrepressible concern and concerted efforts of ASUU for an educational system and Nigeria of our dream.
“In particular, our appreciation goes to members of the Press and our dear students who at various stages engaged ASUU leadership for clarifications on the basis of our struggle. Together we can make Nigerian universities enviable. Until and unless this happens, ASUU will not rest.”