The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU has declared a comprehensive, total
and indefinite strike action beginning on Monday, August 29, 2022.
NSL Learnt: ASUU National Executive Council met on Sunday to take a decision
over the government’s lackadaisical attitude toward the demands and plight of
Meanwhile, a meeting between ASUU executives and the Federal Government’s Nimi
Briggs committee on August 16, 2022, ended in deadlock.
In a statement titled, ‘ASUU strikes are to save public universities,’ and signed by
ASUU National President, Prof, Emmanuel Osodeke, said NEC observed with regret
that the union had experienced a lot of deceit at the highest level in the last five and
half years, saying the FG engaged ASUU in fruitless and unending negotiation
without a display of utmost fidelity.
It 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
‘‘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.
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It added that ‘‘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. ‘’
ASUU commenced its ongoing strike on February 14, 2022, after the Federal
Government refused to meet some of its demands including, the release of
revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement,
release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the UTAS
payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers.