The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions, NASU, on Saturday said it would suspend its ongoing strike on Wednesday.

The spokesman JAC, Mr. Peters Adeyemi, said this in a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.

Adeyemi explained that the decision to suspend the strike was taken after negotiation between the unions and the federal government.

The statement read: “The two months is to allow the government to implement the agreements reached. “Part of the agreement is the decision of the government to set aside the sum of N50 billion for the payment of earned academic and earned allowances, the cogent decision on the University Peculiar Personnel Payroll System (U3PS), the release of the white paper on university visitation panel and funding of the universities.

“On the poor funding of federal institutions, the Minister said he directed the National Universities Commission (NUC) to ensure that all the schools are up-to-date on what they are supposed to do, otherwise sanctions will be visited on any institution that defaults.”

The statement also noted that the FG through the minister assured the union that non of its members who participated in the strike would be victimised. It said:

“The minister said President Muhammadu Buhari is committed to devout 15 per cent of the national budget to education. “On the salary payment system, the Minister said the alternative payment systems provided by ASUU JAC of NASU and SSANU did very well. He added that the Federal Government is awaiting the report of the technical committee it set up before taking action on the matter.