ASUU terminates warning action; indefinite strike may begin

As the second round of the eight-week warning strike launched by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, ends on Monday, the union is ready to go on an indefinite industrial action, Vanguard met. Sources said the national leadership of the union will announce its decision on Monday.

It is understood that the national executive committee (NEC) of the trade union had earlier given the green light to the national leadership to call members on indefinite strike if nothing tangible was achieved during the eight weeks of their warning strike.

The union went on a monthly warning strike earlier on February 14 this year, extending it by another eight weeks ending Monday, May 9, 2022. While ASUU was in the second round of its warning strike, other staff members in the university system also went on strike.

The unions are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU, the National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Allied Institutions, NASU. Although the Minister of Labor and Employment, Dr Chris Ngige, met with the leadership of SSANU, NAAT and NASU, nothing concrete came out of the meetings.

He has yet to meet with ASUU leadership, though he announced last weekend that he would meet with them. Upon inquiry, the National President of ASUU, prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said the union had not received an invitation from the government team since the weekend. “We also heard in the news what the Minister of Labor said about the meeting with us, but while we were talking, no one reached out to us for any meeting.

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We do not know when the meeting will be convened. However, I think before I go to the press to announce any proposed meeting, what should have been done is to inform us. “In any case, we are waiting for the meeting when it is called,” he said. Asked what the next line of action would be, Osodeke said the union’s national leadership would decide. Speaking on the situation, the National President of the National Parent Teachers Association of Nigeria, NAPTAN, Alhaji Haruna Danjuma, expressed disgust at the continued closure of the universities. “We can not continue to waste the time of our children. They now stay much more at home than at school.

It is a pity that we do not yet have to deal with the issue of the closure of our higher institutions incessantly. This is a minus for the system. How do we expect foreigners to respect our certificates? “By the way, not everyone can afford to send their children overseas to study. We need to make our education sector work and put an end to this rot.

“We plead with the government and the university workers to find a middle course and resolve this issue and have academic activities resumed in these institutions,” he said. In an interview with our correspondent, the National President of the National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, Comrade Sunday Asefon, said the association will study the situation and respond appropriately. “We already have a plan of action in place regarding our demands for the reopening of the universities without further delay and we maintain faith with it.

However, if the strike is extended after the eight-week warning action, we will also respond appropriately. Nigeria students have wasted more than enough time at home doing nothing. With this current situation now, students have wasted time enough for them to complete a semester. We are tired of things like this, ”he said. Recall that NANS said it would not allow any political party to hold its presidential convention in Abuja unless the universities reopened.

The All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, among others, have established their conventions for Abuja. ASUU has been on strike since February 14 this year, while non-teaching staff unions also began industrial action a month ago.

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