University teachers across Nigeria returned to work on Wednesday as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) ended its one week warning strike over the non-implementation of a 2009 agreement with the Federal Government.
The suspension of the strike was confirmed by the President of ASUU, Biodun Ogunyemi, in Abuja, urging lecturers to return to work.
In reaction to this, lecturers at the Lagos State University, LASU, resumed work on Wednesday.
Isaac Oyewunmi, the Chairman of LASU chapter of ASUU, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Lagos that the resumption of work followed the directives of the national body.
“We have all resumed today (Wednesday) as directed by the national body because the one week strike elapsed on Tuesday by 11.59 p.m.’’
According to him, academic activities have returned and will continue until there is a contrary directive from the national body.
Similarly, a lecturer at Anambra State University, Chinenye Nwabueze, in a telephone conversation confirmed that school activities had resumed fully.
Adaeze Nwobodo, a student of Ebonyi State University, EBSU, also said she received lectures on Wednesday.
“We received two lectures today, we have a quiz to write tomorrow, our lecturers are speeding up everything as our exams are fast approaching”, Adaeze said in a phone call.
Meanwhile, the Enugu State chapter of the union has warned that the teachers may go on an indefinite strike if their demands are not met.
The chairman of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka chapter of the union, Ifeanyi Abada, told the News Agency of Nigeria that ASUU was left with no option than to proceed on the one-week warning strike
He said “failure to meet our demands, we will go on an indefinite strike.”
An attempt by the Senate to resolve the crisis between the ASUU and the Federal Government, failed Monday after an eight-hour meeting with the teachers’ union was deadlocked.
The Senate had last week Tuesday resolved to mediate the crisis.
ASUU declared a warning strike a day before the Senate’s resolution, complaining about the failure of the government to implement terms of the 2009 and 2013 agreements.
Some of the demands of the union are payments of staff entitlements since December 2015, exclusion of universities from the Treasury Single Account of the federal government, and renegotiation of 2009 agreement.