The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has decided to suspend its planned industrial action in Akwa Ibom State.
This resolution comes after Governor Umo Eno intervened to address the challenges faced by the union.
According to a statement from the Chief Press Secretary to the Governor, Mr. Ekerete Udoh, a meeting was held at the Government House in Uyo, where the governor assured the union of addressing their concerns. The commitments made by the governor include the payment of the 13th-month salary bonus, a three-month palliative, and the construction of strategic roads within the main campus at Ikot Akpaden.
Governor Eno emphasized the importance of close collaboration between the labor leaders and the government in delivering benefits to the people of Akwa Ibom State. He acknowledged the significance of the university and urged the management to utilize the internally generated revenue to fulfill various tasks, assuring that the government will continue to provide monthly subventions on time.
The ASUU leaders, led by Comrade (Elder) Sunny James, Chairperson of the Nigerian Labour Congress, Akwa Ibom State Chapter, and Dr. Inyang Udosen, Chairperson of ASUU, AKSU chapter, expressed their appreciation for the governor’s labor-friendly stance. They assured that the planned strike would be called off, stating, “We thank the governor for being a labor-friendly governor and for promising to address some of the contending issues. We will no longer continue with our planned strike since the governor is willing to address a number of the contentious issues.”