It was reported that the Academic Staff Union of Universities has accepted to call of the eight-month strike the union embarked on in March stalling universities academic activities.
The union reached the agreement during its meeting with the government team led by the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, in Abuja, on Friday.
During the meeting, the government promised to pay N40bn as the Earned Allowance and N30bn for the revival of the university system bringing the total payment to N70bn.
The FG also agreed to settle the arrears of salaries of the lecturers before December 31.
Last week, the Federal Government accepted the demand by the ASUU that they should be free from the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System pending the approval of their proposed payment system, the University Transparency and Accountability Solution.
According to a source, the ASUU maintained that the agreement would not be announced until it had been approved by its members.
Ngige said the negotiation was fruitful, noting that the government made a proposal to ASUU which it would take back to its members.
He said, “Many issues were discussed at the meeting, including salary shortfall, the payment system and revitalisation of the university system. I am positive that all the issues would be resolved at our next meeting.”
In addition, the ASUU President, Prof Biodun Ogunyemi, added that Ngige’s comment was correct.