The Akwa Ibom State Government and the Member of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, AKSU Branch, have reached a truce over the industrial action in the State-owned tertiary institution.
In other to maintain industrial harmony at the Akwa Ibom State University, the State Government has agreed to the immediate payment of three months backlog of 25% salary arrears to the staff of the University.
This was part of the resolution reached at a meeting of officials of Akwa Ibom State Government with the management of the university and labour unions on Monday, January 4, 2021.
According to the resolution signed by the government representatives and officials of the unions, the outstanding arrears of eight months will be paid subsequently in batches of three months each.
Other resolutions include full payment of salary from January 2021 as well as the constitution of a visitation panel to resolve all outstanding issues in the University by the visitor to the University.
To this end, the labour unions have agreed to suspend their industrial action for the full commencement of academic activities in the University.
Government officials at the meeting were; the Chief of staff to the Governor, Akparawa Ephraim Inyang-Eyen, the Head of Civil Service, Elder Effiong Essien and the Vice-Chancellor of the University, Prof. Nse Essien, while the labour unions were led by the State Chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Comrade Sunny James.
This is coming barely 48 hours after the ASUU-AKSU has issued a letter to its members on Sunday, January 3, 2021, notifying of the industrial action, calling to a halt all academic activity on and off the classroom.