The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has again extended its strike by another four weeks after its roll-over strike expired on July 31, 2022, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, President of the Union, said.
Osodeke announced the extension of the strike in a press statement issued in Abuja on Monday.
He said the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Union took the decision after extensive deliberations and cognisance of the government’s past failures to abide by its timelines in addressing issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA).
According to him, the Union’s NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for four weeks to give the government more time to resolve all the outstanding issues satisfactorily.
The ASUU President noted that the role-over strike action is effective from 12.01 a.m. on Monday, August 14, 2022.
“NEC acknowledged the growing understanding of the issues and the groundswell of support for the Union’s principled demand for globally competitive university education in Nigeria. Nigerian universities must not be reduced to constituency projects that merely exist on paper, and our scholars must be incentivised to stay back and do what they know best here in Nigeria,” he said.
“NEC appreciated the historic nationwide protest of 26th and 27th July 2022 organised by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) in collaboration with Civil Society Organisations (CSO) to further create awareness on the antics of the Nigerian ruling class to destroy public education. ASUU renews its commitment to the struggles of NLC in championing the cause of the working and suffering Nigerians.”
“NEC observed that non-signing of the draft renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement more than one month after Professor Nimi Briggs-led Committee concluded it is further tasking the patience of ASUU members nationwide.”
“Following extensive deliberations and taking cognisance of Government’s past failures to abide by its timelines in addressing issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA), NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for four weeks to give Government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues. The role-over strike action is effective from 12.01 a.m. on Monday, 14 August 2022.”