The National Association of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has reportedly conducted a referendum to decide whether the ongoing strike should be suspended or not.

The referendum was conducted on Tuesday, February 6, 2019, in Ibadan following the directive by the national leaders of the union on Monday, February 5, 2019, to decide on the ongoing strike through a referendum.

It was gathered that over 200 members of the University of Ibadan chapter, who attended the congress allegedly voted for the continuation of the strike while a little above 50 voted for the suspension of the strike with conditions.

In a telephone conversation, the chairman of the UI chapter, Dr. Deji Omole, said the congress only conducted referendum on what the Federal government had offered the union to call off the strike.

He also hinted that the Federal Government has promised to include the earned academic allowances in their 2019 salaries.

He also said the FG had decided to release N25bn for university revitalisation while the rest will be released after identifying sources to fund it.

Omole, who said the FG agreed to release additional N5bn to make the earned academic allowances N25bn out of the N105bn being owed lecturers, added that ASUU wanted N30bn.

According to him, the FG has agreed to renegotiate with the union.

Sources at the zonal congress claimed the majority of the members voted for the continuation of the strike because they doubted government’s sincerity in fulfilling its new promises.

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