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Members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), of the Abia State University Uturu, have announced the suspension of their strike action seven days after they downed tools.
The Eastern Updates reports that the union suspended the industrial action after it held an emergency congress today at the university’s main campus in Uturu, where the academic staff resolved to return to class.
The university’s chairman of ASUU, Dr Chidi Slessor Mba, confirmed the development, saying that Governor Alex Otti has shown commitment to meeting the demands of the union, which centred on the demand for 11-month arrears of salary, among other matters, by inviting them for a dialogue.
Mbah expressed confidence that the governor will meet the demands of his union as soon as possible.
Meanwhile, some students of the school who returned from the Christmas and New Year holidays said the calling off of the strike was a piece of good news to them as it would have distorted their academic calendar.
The Eastern Updates recalls that the chairman of the Governing Council of Abia State University, Mba Ukariwo, had a few days ago appealed to ASUU members in the institution to call off the strike and engage in dialogue concerning their complaints.
In another report, the Anambra State Command of the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has asserted that it has secured the conviction of 160 illicit drug traffickers in the state in 2023.
The state Commander of NDLEA, Mr Daniel Onyishi made this known during a sensitisation programme tagged ‘NDLEA And You’, on Friday in Awka.
Onyishi said the conviction was a landmark achievement for the agency and a critical milestone in the fight against drug trafficking in the state.
He said the command also intercepted 3.3 tons of illicit drugs and substances in 2023.