ASUU extends rollover strike by three months

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) extended the ongoing strike by 12 weeks early Monday morning.

The decision was taken at an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) held at ASUU Secretariat in Abuja.

The emergency meeting, which was attended by chief officers and branch chairpersons, began Sunday and ended early Monday morning.

The two-month strike announced by ASUU on 14 March 2022 ended today (9 May), so NEC felt the need to extend it by 12 weeks after initial agitation for indefinite strike due to the failure to address the issues in the to address struggle.

The implication of the extension of the strike is that public universities will remain close.

At the last meeting with the government’s negotiating team led by prof. Nimi Briggs, has worked out ASUU officials, but there are indications that both parties will meet next week.

ASUU’s demands include non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed with the government in December 2020 on funding for the revitalization of public universities (both federal and state), renegotiation of the 2009 HSRC / ASUU agreement and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Other outstanding issues are deserved academic grants; state universities, arrears promotion, withheld salaries, non-overpayment of third-party deductions and rejection of UTAS developed by ASUU’s technical team to replace the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

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