BREAKING: Public universities remain closed as ASUU extends strike for three months

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The ASUU said it made the decision after its National Executive Council meeting which began on Sunday evening

By Emma Ogbuehi

There is no end in sight to the misery of Nigerian parents and their wards in public universities as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday extended its ongoing strike for another 12 weeks.

This means that beleaguered Nigerian students stand to lose another academic year.

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A statement from ASUU President Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke said it was to give the government enough time to satisfactorily resolve all outstanding issues.

The renewed strike will take effect from today.

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ASUU said it made the decision after its National Executive Council meeting which started on Sunday evening at the National Secretariat of Comrade Festus Iyayi, University of Abuja.

The statement, titled: “ASUU Rolling Strike Update,” reads:

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“The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) held an emergency meeting on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the National Secretariat of Comrade Festus Iyayi, University of AbujaAbuja.

“The meeting has been convened to review developments since the union declared an all-out, eight-week strike action at the end of its emergency NEC meeting at the National Secretariat of Comrade Festus Iyayi, University of Abuja, Abuja 14 March 2022 The strike came on the heels of the government’s failure to satisfactorily implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with the union in December 2020 on the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), Earned Academic Allocations (EAA), funding for the revitalization of public universities (federal and state), proliferation issues and governance at state universities, promotion arrears, withheld salaries (over 20 months overdue in some cases), and failure to issue third-party deductions.

He added that NEC noted with deep disappointment that the three-man committee set up by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 1 February 2022 to resolve the continuing issues between ASUU and the FGN had not convened a single meeting to date.

“The NEC was also disappointed that ASUU’s only meeting with the Renegotiation Committee headed by Professor Nimi Briggs did not reflect the expected level of understanding, preparation and clarity that underpins collective bargaining according to the committee’s admission of “consulting the stakeholders”. Unless urgent action is taken to redirect the Committee to the conclusion of a draft agreement that has been pending since May 2021, its activities could turn into a new hunt for wild geese.

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