ASUU strike now total, indefinite, says Osodeke

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In a statement titled, ‘ASUU strikes are to save public universities,’ and signed by ASUU National President, Prof, Emmanuel Osodeke, it has been expressly stated that the union had experienced “a lot of deceit at the highest level in the last five and half years,” accusing the Federal Government of “engaging ASUU in fruitless and unending negotiation without a display of utmost fidelity.”

The statement released on Monday after its marathon NEC meeting at the University of Abuja read, ‘‘In view of the foregoing, and 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 12.01 a.m Monday 29th August 2022.

‘‘NEC acknowledges with appreciation past and current efforts by eminent Nigerians and groups to mediate in the lingering crisis. Our union remains open to reasonable engagements as we have always done. However, ASUU remains focused on the full implementation of the 23rd December 2020 Memorandum of Action for quick restoration of industrial harmony in Nigeria’s public universities.

‘‘NEC noted with pains, its concerns for Nigerians students who are also our wards and foster children and condemned government’s seeming indifference to their plights. Were it within our control, our universities would never have been shut for one day. ‘’

Recall that ASUU commenced its ongoing strike on February 14, 2022, after the Federal Government refused to meet some of its demands:

They include the release of revitalisation funds for universities, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the UTAS payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers and renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement.

 

 

 

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