Hopes of the university students to resume classes this week has been dashed as the Academic Staff Union of Universities has extended its ongoing strike by one month.
The not to too cheering announcement was contained in a statement on Monday signed by its President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke.
He told Nigerians that the decision was reached as ASUU executives rose at their meeting on Sunday.
He added that the one-month time extension was to give the Federal Government time to resolve the outstanding issues.
Recall that the ASUU/FG conflict had been on when the union on February 14, ASUU declared a one-month warning strike to protest the non-implementation of its demands.
Thereafter, the strike was extended by another eight weeks on March 14, as the lecturers argued that the FG had not fully address their demands.
Again on May May 9, it was further extended by another 12 weeks.
ASUU, in the current statement had considered President Muhammadu Buhari’s as an elixir that should resolve the lingering crisis but it did not.
“The union wonders why it had taken five full months and needless muscle-flexing for government to come to the realisation of the need for honest engagement,” the statement said.
“NEC acknowledged the growing understanding of the issues and the groundswell of support for the union’s principled demand for a globally competitive university education in Nigeria. Nigerian universities must not be reduced to constituency projects that merely exist on paper and our scholars must be incentivised to stay back and do what they know best, here in Nigeria.
“NEC observed that non-signing of the draft renegotiated 2009 FGN-ASUU Agreement more than one month after it was concluded by Prof. Nimi Briggs-led Committee is further tasking the patience of ASUU members nationwide.
“NEC further observed that the ongoing trial of the suspended Accountant-General of the Federation (AGF), Mr Ahmed ldris, on allegation of monumental fraud has vindicated ASUU’s rejection of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information (IPPIS).
“The National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) is enjoined to release reports of the latest tests on the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) vis-à-vis IPPIS without further delay. ASUU shall resist any attempt to truncate the deployment of UTAS with all legitimate means available to the union.
“NEC noted that cumulative indifference by the political class gave vent to pervasive atmosphere of insecurity which now threatens seamless provision of educational services in the country. The unceremonious closure of educational institutions in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), following the recent attack on Presidential Guards, betrays a panicky measure to addressing a malignant ailment. Nothing short of a comprehensive overhaul of the security architecture of the country will sustainably address the problem.
Following extensive deliberations and taking cognisance of government’s past failures to abide by its own timelines in addressing issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA), NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for four weeks to give government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues. The role-over strike action is with effect from 12.01a.m. on Monday, 1st August, 2022.”