BREAKING: ASUU extends strike by 3 months ASUU has decided to extend its ongoing strike for another 12 weeks, thereby extending it indefinitely.
This was done, according to a statement signed by ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, in order to provide the government with the time to adequately settle all of the outstanding issues.
It further indicated that the roll-over strike would take effect at 12:01 a.m. on May 9, 2021, and would last for one year.
BREAKING: ASUU extends strike by 3 months
ASUU stated that this decision was reached following a meeting of its National Executive Council, which began on Sunday night at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, and concluded on Monday morning.
Following extensive deliberations, and in light of the government’s failure to live up to its responsibilities and promptly address all the issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) within the additional eight-week roll–over strike period declared on 14th March 2022, the National Executive Council (NEC) has decided to extend the strike for a further 12 weeks in order to give Government more time to satisfactorily resolve all of the outstanding issues.”
“The roll-over strike action will take effect at 12:01 a.m. on Monday, May 9, 2022,” the union stated.
It stated in a press release titled, “Update on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) roll-over strike,” that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) “held an emergency meeting on Sunday, May 8, 2022 at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, Abuja.”
According to the statement, “The meeting was called to review developments since the Union declared an eight-week total and comprehensive rollover strike action at the end of its emergency NEC meeting at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat at the University of Abuja, Abuja on March 14, 2022.” After the Federal Government failed to adequately implement the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with the ASUU on renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), funding for revitalization of public universities (both Federal and State), proliferation and governance issues in State Universities, promotion arrears, and other issues in December 2020.
The NEC further stated that it was deeply disappointed that the three-man Committee established by the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 1st February 2022 to resolve the lingering issues between ASUU and the Federal Government of Nigeria had failed to convene even a single meeting as of the date of this report.
In addition, the National Economic Council (NEC) was disappointed that ASUU’s only meeting with the Professor Nimi Briggs-led Renegotiation Committee did not reflect the expected level of understanding, preparation, and clarity that underpin collective bargaining, as indicated by the Committee’s admission that it was “going about consulting stakeholders.” “Unless immediate actions are taken to shift the Committee’s attention away from a draft Agreement that has been languishing since May 2021, its operations may end up being yet another wild goose chase,” the report stated.
The ASUU National Executive Council also decried the Federal Government’s callous attitude toward the strike action that has been ongoing for the past twelve weeks, claiming that the government’s use of starvation as a weapon to break the collective resolve of ASUU members and undermine our patriotic struggle to reposition public universities in Nigeria was ill-advised and may prove counterproductive.
NEC was taken aback by the fact that public universities had been shuttered for around three months while members of the political class were busy purchasing expressions of interest and nomination papers worth many millions of Naira in preparation for the 2023 elections! ” People in positions of authority have turned their backs on our deteriorating universities as they travel between Europe and America to celebrate the graduation of their children and wards from world-class colleges. This speaks eloquently about the depravity, insensitivity, and irresponsibility of Nigeria’s opportunistic and parasitic political class, as is exemplified by their actions.
“The breakdown of our nation’s security architecture is a direct outcome of the criminal neglect of education and the egregious mismanagement of the nation’s patrimony that has occurred as a result of these policies.” Insecurity is worsening by the day and spreading like the harmattan conflagration in previously tranquil and secure areas of Nigeria, including university campuses, despite efforts to contain it. Again, the ASUU warns that unless something drastic is done to reverse these ominous tendencies, the country may be on the verge of devolving into chaos.
A statement issued by the National Economic Council condemned the provocative statements made by some government officials and commended the Nigerian Labour Congress, patriotic student groups, and civil society organizations for their efforts to bring the current labor dispute with the Nigerian government to a close.
“The planned abroad trip organized by the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities’ Spouses (CVCNUS) was determined to be vile and condemnable by the National Economic Council.” In this context, the advertised five-day conference in Istanbul is a waste of scarce university resources; it is insensitive and inflammatory, particularly at a time when teachers are being refused their wages for daring to fight for the improvement of the lot of our public universities.”
Following a meeting with the striking National Association of Academic Technologists on Friday, it was claimed that Dr Chris Ngige, Minister of Labour and Employment, offered to meet with ASUU this week during a meeting with the striking National Association of Academic Technologists.
Osodeke, on the other hand, told our correspondent that the union had not yet received any notice of a meeting from any ministry of the federal government.
In addition to the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the UTAS payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers are some of ASUU’s demands for the federal government.