ASUU extends strike by 12 weeks
The Academic Staff Union of Universities has rolled over its ongoing strike by 12 weeks.
A declaration signed with the aid of using ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, stated this changed intopresenting the authorities with sufficient time to satisfactorily solve all of the notable troubles.
It additionally said that the roll-over strike changed into powerful from 12.01 am, May 9, 2021.
ASUU stated it took this choice after its National Executive Council assembly which commenced on Sunday night time on the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja.
The declaration read, “After sizeable deliberations, noting the Government’s failure to stay as much as its obligations and swiftly deal with all of the troubles raised withinside the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) in the extra eight-week roll–over strike duration declared on 14th March 2022, NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for twelve weeks to present Government greater time to satisfactorily solve all of thenotable troubles.
“The roll-over strike movement is with impact from 12.01 a.m. on Monday, ninth May 2022.”
The press launch titled, ‘Update on ASUU roll-over strike,’ read, “The National Executive Council (NEC) of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) held an emergency assembly on Sunday, eighth May 2022 on theComrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, Abuja.
“The assembly changed into referred to as to check trends because the Union declared an eight-week generaland complete roll-over strike movement on the cease of its emergency NEC assembly on the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, Abuja on 14th March 2022. The strike movement got here at theheels of the Government’s failure to satisfactorily put in force the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with the Union in December 2020 at the renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), Earned Academic Allowances (EAA), investmentfor the revitalization of public universities (each Federal and States), proliferation and governance troubles in State Universities, advertising arrears, withheld salaries (owed for over 20 months in a few cases), and Non-emittance of third-celebration deductions.”
It introduced that NEC referred to with critical sadness that the 3–guy Committee installation with the aid of using the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria on 1st February 2022 to solve the lingering troubles among ASUU and FGN had now no longer referred to as an unmarried assembly to date.
“NEC changed into similarly disenchanted that ASUU’s best assembly with the Professor Nimi Briggs-led Renegotiation Committee did now no longer mirror the anticipated degree of understanding, preparation, and readability that undergird collective bargaining going with the aid of using the Committee’s confession of “going approximately consulting stakeholders”. Unless pressing steps are taken to redirect the Committee on concluding a draft Agreement that has been pending due to the fact that in May 2021, its sports might also additionally grow to be as every other wild goose chase,” it read.
ASUU NEC additionally condemned Federal Government’s cavalier mindset in the direction of the strike movement withinside the ultimate twelve weeks, announcing the authorities’ inn to the usage of hunger as a weapon for breaking the collective solution of ASUU contributors and undermining our patriotic conflict to reposition public universities in Nigeria changed into ill-recommended and might show counterproductive.
The declaration stated, “NEC changed into bowled over that public universities have remained closed for approximately 3 months even as contributors of the political magnificence have been busy buying expression of hobby and nomination bureaucracy well worth numerous hundreds of thousands of Naira in arrangementsfor 2023 elections! Those in energy became their lower back on our degraded universities as they commuteamong Europe and America to have a good time the commencement in their youngsters and wards from world-magnificence universities. This speaks volumes approximately the extent of depravity, insensitivity, and irresponsibility of Nigeria’s opportunistic and parasitic political magnificence.
“The result of the crook overlook of training and gross mismanagement of the nation’s patrimony is obviouswithinside the crumble of the safety structure of our nation. Insecurity is getting worse with the aid of usingthe day and spreading just like the harmattan inferno in hitherto nonviolent and secured components of Nigeria, such as college campuses. ASUU warns, as soon as greater, that until something drastic is accomplished to oppose those unsightly trends, the USA can be headed for a country of anarchy.
“NEC condemned the provocative statements of a few authorities functionaries and salutes the Nigerian Labour Congress, patriotic students’ groups, and civil society companies who’ve taken steps in the direction of resolving the cutting-edge exertions dispute with the Nigerian authorities.
“NEC determined the deliberate distant places journey prepared with the aid of using the Committee of Vice-Chancellors of Nigerian Universities’ Spouses (CVCNUS) despicable and condemnable. The marketed five-day convention in Istanbul is a waste of scarce sources of our universities; it’s far insensitive and provocative, mainlyat a time like this while teachers are denied their salaries for bold to conflict to enhance lots of our public universities.”
Last Friday, it changed pronounced that the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, in the course of an assembly with the placing National Association of Academic Technologists promised to satisfy ASUU this week. However, Osodeke informed our correspondent, that the union had but to get hold of any word of an assembly from any Federal Government ministry.
Some of ASUU’s needs encompass the discharge of revitalization price range for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, launch of earned allowances for college teachers, and deployment of the UTAS fee platform for the fee of salaries and allowances of college teachers.
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