ASUU Strike update: Union Extends Strike by Four-Weeks

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has officially confirmed a four weeks extension of the strike action embarked on by its members since February 2022.

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This choice was made by the ASUU National Executive Council (NEC) during a meeting that took place on Sunday and went well into the early hours of Monday.

The government’s past failures to adhere to its own timelines in addressing issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action were taken into consideration, according to a statement released by ASUU on Monday (MoA).

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ASUU decided that the strike should be extended by four weeks in order to give the government more time to adequately address all outstanding issues.

To give the government more time to adequately address all outstanding issues, the union decided to extend the strike for a further four weeks.

According to the latest ASUU Strike update, the meeting was called to discuss recent developments following NEC’s decision to extend its roll-over strike action.

The NEC meeting was held in light of the obligations set forth in the Memorandum of Action (MoA) that the government signed with ASUU on December 23, 2020. NEC cited the government’s failure to complete the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement renegotiation process, implement the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), pay outstanding Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) arrears, release the agreed-upon funding for the revitalization of public universities (Federal and States), address proliferation and governance issues in State Universities, settle promotion arrears, and release withheld salaries.

“NEC viewed with seriousness the recent directive issued by the President and Visitor to all Federal Universities that the Minister of Education should resolve the lingering crisis and report to him within two weeks, in consultation with other government officials. The Union questions why it took the government five full months and pointless muscle-flexing to recognise the importance of sincere engagement.

The groundswell of support for the Union’s principled demand for a globally competitive university education in Nigeria was acknowledged by NEC as well as the growing understanding of the issues. Our scholars must be encouraged to stay in Nigeria and work on what they do best rather than having their universities reduced to constituency projects that only exist on paper.

“NEC appreciated the historic nationwide demonstration that was organised on July 26 and 27, 2022, by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) and Civil Society Organizations (CSO), to raise awareness of the actions taken by the Nigerian ruling class to undermine public education. ASUU reaffirms its dedication to supporting the NLC’s battles on behalf of the struggling and working Nigerians.

“NEC observed that the nationwide patience of ASUU members is being further taxed by the non-signing of the draught renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement more than a month after it was reached by Professor Nimi Briggs-led Committee.

“NEC further observed that ASUU’s rejection of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System has been vindicated by the ongoing trial of the suspended Accountant General of the Federation (AGF), Mr. Ahmed Idris, on allegations of monumental fraud (IPPIS). It is mandated that the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) immediately publish reports of the most recent tests conducted on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) in comparison to IPPIS. With all legal means at its disposal, ASUU will fight any attempt to shorten the deployment of UTAS.

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“NEC noted that the political class’s accumulative indifference contributed to a pervasive atmosphere of unease that now threatens the country’s ability to provide educational services without interruption. Following the recent attack on the Presidential Guards, educational institutions in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) were abruptly closed, which reveals a hasty response to a cancerous condition. The issue cannot be solved effectively without a thorough overhaul of the nation’s security framework.

“Following lengthy discussions and in light of the Government’s historical inability to adhere to its own timelines in resolving issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MOA), NEC resolved that the strike be postponed for four weeks to give the Government more time to satisfactorily resolve all outstanding issues. The role-over strike action will begin at 12:01 a.m. on August 1, 2022, which is a Monday.

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