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Sierra Leone university lecturers suspend strike action


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The Academic Staff Association (ASA) President, Dr. Charles Silver, said on a local radio station that the decision was reached at the end of a close-door meeting with the university authorities.

Dr Silver said they took the decision to suspend the strike out of ‘humanitarian feeling for the students’, adding that “the university problems are age-old and we do not expect them to be resolved in one day.” He said they would resume lectures whilst negotiations continued.

The ASA president said their contention with the Fourah Bay College administration and subsequently the government was in relation to remunerations due to them.

He said another factor that prompted the strike action was the “working environment” which he described as below university standard.

Dr. Silver encouraged students to attend lectures immediately.

“I know for a fact that some students are presently up country; I encourage every media house to inform them to return and start attending lecturers as quickly as possible,” Dr. Silver said, adding “I only hope all sides will commit to their promises and role, as the issue is a threat to national security’.

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