UPDATED: ASUU Meets Again On Indefinite Strike Nationwide

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Fresh facts have emerged on the declaration of a total and indefinite strike by the National Executive Committee of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

While an earlier report indicated that the union had ended its two-day meeting at the University of Lagos, Akoka, with a final decision to proceed on an indefinite strike, the union merely changed the venue of its meeting to another venue close to the university.

However, the majority of the NEC were said to have voted for a total and indefinite strike. The union is expected to address the press on Monday of its final decision after another round of meetings that started at 12am.

It was earlier reported that the strike would take effect from Monday, February 14, 2022. The union is expected to confirm this after its latest round of meetings.

ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, on Sunday, said the strike was against their wish but they had to put the interest of the union first.

An earlier report had also quoted him as saying, ” I announce to you with a heavy heart the commencement of a nationwide strike starting from 14th February till our needs are met.”

The union had expressed grievances over the failure of the Federal Government to fulfill some of the agreements it made as far back as 2009. ASUU had on November 15, 2021 given the Federal Government a three-week ultimatum over the failure to meet the demands.

The lecturers threatened to embark on another round of industrial action following the alleged “government’s unfaithfulness” in the implementation of the Memorandum of Action it signed with the union, leading to the suspension of the 2020 strike action.

After the union’s National Executive Council meeting at the University of Abuja on November 13 and 14,  ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, lamented that despite meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on October 14, 2021, on issues, including funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution, promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, and the inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system payment, none of its demands had been met.