ASUU Extends Strike By Four Weeks

asuu extends strike by four weeks
asuu extends strike by four weeks

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has agreed to extend the current strike for another four weeks.

It was revealed to the media by ASUU president Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke on Monday.

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He stated that the Union’s National Executive Council (NEC) made the decision following thorough deliberations on the government’s repeated failures to adhere to its own timeframes in addressing the issues it presented.

An emergency meeting of the ASUU National Executive Council was conducted on Sunday, 31st July 2022 at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, Abuja. The purpose of the meeting was to examine events following the NEC’s decision to extend its rollover strike action for another 12 weeks with effect from May 2022,”

On December 23, 2020, the government signed a Memorandum of Action (MOA) with ASUU outlining its responsibilities. A few examples cited by NEC include: failure to complete the process for renegotiating the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, implementation of UTAS, payment of outstanding Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) arrears, release of agreed funds for revitalization of public universities (federal and state), resolution of promotion arrears, release of agreed funds for the revitalization of public universities (federal and states).

Newly issued directives from President and Visitor to all Federal Universities requiring Minister of Education to fix the lingering dilemma and report back to him within two weeks were viewed with seriously by the National Education Commission (NEC). After five months and a lot of unnecessary muscle-flexing, the Union wonders why the administration finally realised the importance of open and sincere discussions with its citizens.

A growing body of support for the Union’s fundamental demand for globally competitive university education in Nigeria was recognised by NEC. For our scholars to stay in Nigeria and do what they know best, we must ensure that Nigerian colleges do not become constituency projects that only exist on paper.

Thanks to the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) and Civil Society Organizations (CSO) for organising a historic nationwide protest on July 26th and 27th, 2022, to raise public awareness about the antics of the Nigerian ruling class in their efforts against public education. NEC appreciates this effort.” NLC and ASUU are reaffirming their commitment to the struggle of Nigerian workers and the plight of the poor.

According to the NEC, ASUU members across the country are becoming increasingly impatient as the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement draught remains unsigned nearly one month after the committee chaired by Professor Nimi Briggs reached an agreement.

For NEC, the ongoing trial of suspended AGF Mr Ahmed Idris on allegations of colossal fraud has justified ASUU’s opposition to the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS). University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) testing against IPPIS should be made public as soon as possible by the National Information Technology Development Agency, or NITDA. ASUU will use all legal tools at its disposal to fight any attempt to halt the implementation of UTAS.

“NEC underlined that the political class’s cumulative neglect has given vent to a pervasive atmosphere of insecurity that now threatens the smooth provision of educational services throughout the country. In light of the recent attack on the Presidential Guards, the abrupt shutdown of educational institutions in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) is a frantic response to a serious problem. Until the country’s entire security system is overhauled, this problem will remain unsolved for long periods of time.

NEC decided to extend the strike for an additional four weeks to give the government more time to satisfactorily resolve all outstanding issues following extensive deliberations and taking cognizance of the government’s past failures to adhere to its own timelines in addressing issues raised in 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MOA). From 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 2022, the role-over strike will begin,” read the statement.

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