ASUU Finally Declares Total, Indefinite Strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has finally declared a total and indefinite strike.

National Executive Council of the Union reached the resolution during a meeting of the union’s held in Abuja recently.

ASUU President, Prof. Victor Emmanuel Osodeke

The union started its ongoing strike on February 14, 2022 in protest against the government’s failure to release revitalisation funds for universities, failure to release the white paper report of the visitation panel to universities and the failure to deploy the University Transparency Accountability System for the payment of salaries and allowances of lecturers.

ASUU President, Prof. Victor Emmanuel Osodeke, revealed the outcome of the NEC meeting in a statement on Monday titled, ‘ASUU strikes are to save public universities.’

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Osodeke, noted that the NEC regretted that the union had experienced deceit of the highest level for over five years, adding that the government engaged ASUU in fruitless and unending negotiation without a display of fidelity.

The statement read, “In view of the foregoing, and following extensive deliberations on government’s response to the resolution of February 14, 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 12.01am Monday, August 29, 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.

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“However, ASUU remains focused on the full implementation of the December 23, 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.”

A member of the NEC who pleaded anonymity said: “The strike has been extended and the leadership has decentralised the communication channel. We have received mandates to engage more with the media and the public to educate them on the struggles of ASUU.”