The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced the extension of its early one month warning strike by two months, following the failed agreement between the Union and the Nigeria Federal Government.
In a release by the Union, signed by its President, Emmanuel Osodeke said the agreement was reached after the National Executive Council(NEC) held an emergency meeting on Sunday, the 13th of March 2022 at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat of Abuja.
The release read: “The meeting was called to review development since the union declared a four weeks total and comprehensive roll-over strike action at the end of its NEC meeting at the University of Lagos, Akoka, Lagos on 12th-13th February, 2022. The strike action cake on the heel of government failure to satisfactorily implement the Memorandum of Action(MOA) it signed with the Union on December 2020 on finding for revitalization of public universities (both Federal and State) renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement deployment of the University transparency and accountability solution (UTAS) earned Academic allowances, state universities, promotion arrears, withheld salaries and non-remittance of third party deductions.”
The release added that the NEC viewed the government’s response as a continuation of unconscionable mindless and nonchalant attitudes of the Nigerian ruling elite towards the proven path of National development which is education.
Furthermore, the circular added that the NEC union leadership of the Union held several meetings with the government agents to avert the current action, but was disappointed that the government did not treat the matter with urgency.
However, the Union revealed that they extended the warning strike to give the government time to address the issues in concrete terms so students can resume on time.
According to the release, the warning strike will commence by 12:01 AM on Monday 14th, 2022.
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