West News Wire: The Academic Staff Union of Universities in Nigeria (ASUU) announced on social media that an eight-month strike has been put on hold.

The move was announced on Friday by ASUU, the national union that represents university professors, although no specific date for the reopening of the schools was given.

Intense negotiations between ASUU and government representatives took place at a meeting in Abuja that was mediated by House of Representatives members, according to local media.

ASUU president Emmanuel Osodeke was quoted by local media as saying, “Let us all working together and the members of the House of Representatives working together, put a beautiful end to this thing we have started so that every Nigerian will be proud that we have the universities we can be proud of.”

“We also extend our appreciation to the president for intervening in the ASUU strike. And I want to appeal that in future we should not allow strike to linger. Strike should not go beyond two days,” Osodeke added.

He is also expected to announce in the coming days when academic activities will resume in universities.

Millions of students nationwide have been at home since February 14 as part of the latest of a long wave of strikes, which are common in Nigeria.

Nigeria has more than 100 public universities and an estimated 2.5 million students, according to the country’s National Universities Commission. At least 15 recorded strikes have taken place in the universities since 2000.

The striking lecturers were demanding a review of their conditions of service including the platform the government uses to pay their earnings, improved funding for the universities and payment of their salaries withheld since the strike started.

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