HeadlineUPDATED: ASUU Extends Strike By Eight Weeks

UPDATED: ASUU Extends Strike By Eight Weeks

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March 14, (THEWILL) – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has extended its ongoing strike by another eight weeks.

The announcement is coming as the Union’s one month warning strike expired on Monday, March 14, 2022.

ASUU had a month ago declared a 4-week strike action in the first instance in its face-off with the Federal Government.

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The Union’s President, Emmanuel Osodeke, who disclosed the development in a communiqué issued at the end of its National Executive Council emergency meeting on Monday in Abuja, said the extension is to enable the Federal Government address issues in concrete terms

Osodeke said the roll-over strike shall commence by 12.01a.m on Monday, March 14.

The union had embarked on a nationwide warning strike to press home its members’ demands from Feb.14 .

The lecturers’ demands include funding of the Revitalisation of Public Universities, Earned Academic Allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) and promotion arrears.

Others are: the renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FG Agreement and the inconsistency in Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

According to Osodeke, NEC noted that the union’s leadership had held some interactive meetings with agents of government in the last four weeks that the strike had lasted.

“However, NEC was disappointed that the government did not treat the matters involved with the utmost urgency they deserved during the four-week period as expected of a reasonable, responsive, and well-meaning administration.

“NEC viewed the government’s response, so far, as a continuation of the unconscionable, mindless, and nonchalant attitude of the Nigerian ruling elite towards the proven path of national development which is education.

“NEC, having taken reports on the engagement of the trustees and principal officers with the government, concluded that the government had failed to satisfactorily address all the issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action within the four-weeks-roll over strike period.

“NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for another eight weeks to give the government more time to address all the issues in concrete terms so that students can resume as soon as possible”, he said.

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