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ASUU Announces Ongoing Strike As Indefinite

Starting from Monday, August 29, 2022, the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU will be on a complete, entire, and indefinite strike.

ASUU President Professor Emmanuel Osodeke made the announcement in a statement,

after the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Union, which was held in Abuja on Monday.

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He said:

“Following extensive deliberations on Government’s response to the resolution of 14th February, 2022

so far, NEC concluded that the demands of the Union had not been satisfactorily addressed.

Consequently, NEC resolved to transmute the roll-over strike

to a comprehensive, total and indefinite strike action beginning from 12.01a.m. on Monday, 29th August, 2022.”

The statement further reads:

“The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) held an emergency meeting

at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, Abuja on Sunday, 28th August, 2022.

The meeting was mainly to review developments since its last resolution over the nationwide strike action

for another four weeks starting from 1st August, 2022.

“NEC observed with regret that the Union had experienced a lot of deceit of the highest level in the last five and half years

as the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) engaged ASUU in fruitless and unending negotiation without a display of utmost fidelity.

In 2017, the Federal Government constituted a committee to renegotiate the 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement under the chairmanship of Dr. Wale Babalakin.

ASUU Announces Ongoing Strike As Indefinite
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ASUU Announces Ongoing Strike As Indefinite

After three years of fruitless negotiation, Dr. Babalakin was replacd in December 2020 with Professor Emeritus Munzali Jibril.

“The Renegotiation Committee produced and submitted a draft agreement to the Federal Government in May, 2021.

It is sad that, until 14th February, 2022 when the ongoing strike commenced,

the Federal Government made no significant efforts to either sign the agreement or commence implementation.

It was only after the commencement of this strike that the Federal Government reconstituted the committee

with Professor Emeritus Nimi Briggs appointed Chairman to lead the Government Team.

“NEC recalled that, before meeting with our Union, the Nimi Briggs Committee confirmed to ASUU in writing

that it was consulting with all relevant stakeholders in order to aggregate Government’s position/offer.

After intensive bargaining, ASUU came to a compromise with the Professor Briggs-led Team

leading to the submission of the second Draft Agreement to the Federal Government in June, 2022

for consideration and approval for signing by the two parties within one week.

“The draft renegotiation FGN-ASUU Agreement (second draft) remains unsign; the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) is yet to be adoptd

and deployed to replace the discredited Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS); and the White Papers on Visitation Panels to Federal Universities,

if ready as claim by Government more than six months ago, are nowhere to be found.

ASUU Announces Ongoing Strike As Indefinite

“Similarly, Government has not delivered on the promised balance of one tranche of the Revitalization Fund

more than one year after, the outstanding two tranches of the Earned Academic Allowances (EAA) have not been release;

and nothing has since happened on the promised support for amendment to the Law of the National Universities Commission (NUC) to stem the tide of proliferation of universities especially by the State Governments.

“NEC was utterly disappointd in agents of Government, especially the Minister of Education, for the deliberate falsehood and misrepresentation of facts aimed at scoring cheap political gains. It is disheartening to imagine that a Minister whose responsibility it is to resolve the crisis can overnight turn round to lead in this ignoble enterprise of distorting facts and misleading Nigerians.

“The disdain with which the Minister of Education handled questions about the ongoing ASUU strike at his distasteful Press Conference on Thursday, 18th August, 2022 lends credence to the widespread suspicion that the current Government never believed in saving public universities from the misfortunes that have befallen Nigeria’s public primary and secondary schools.”

Culled from www.lindaikejiblog.com

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