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Just In: ASUU Extends Strike by 12 Weeks


Just In: ASUU Extends Strike by 12 Weeks

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) early Monday morning extended the ongoing strike by 12 weeks.

An emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting was held at the ASUU Secretariat in Abuja to make the decision.

The emergency meeting began on Sunday and finished early Monday morning, with major officers and branch chairmen in attendance.

ASUU’s two-month rollover strike, which began on March 14, 2022 and ended today (May 9th), was extended by 12 weeks by the NEC after the original agitation for an indefinite strike failed to address the issues at hand.

The extension of the strike would mean that public universities would remain closed.

The emergency meeting, which had in attendance principal officers and branch chairmen, started on Sunday and ended early Monday morning.

The two month rollover strike declared in March 14, 2022 by ASUU ended today (May 9th), thus NEC felt the need to extend it by 12 weeks after initial agitation for indefinite strike because of failure to address the issues in contention.

The implication of the extension of the strike is that public universities would remain close.

At the last meeting with government negotiation team led by Prof. Nimi Briggs, ASUU officials worked out but there is indication that the both parties would meet next week.

ASUU’s demands include the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed with government in December 2020 on funding for revitalisation of public universities (both federal and states), renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ ASUU Agreement and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Other outstanding issues are earned academic allowances; state universities, promotion arrears, withheld salaries, non-remittance of third-party deductions and rejection of UTAS that ASUU technical team developed to replace the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

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