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 solveall of thenotabletroubles.
It additionallysaid that the roll-over strike changed intopowerful from 12.01 am, May 9, 2021.
ASUU stated it took this choice after its National Executive Council assembly which commenced on Sunday night timeon the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja.
The declaration read, “After sizeable deliberations, noting the Government’s failure to stayas much as its obligations and swiftlydeal withall of thetroubles raised withinside the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) in theextra 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 solveall of thenotabletroubles.
“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 assemblychanged intoreferred to asto checktrendsbecause the Union declared an eight-week generaland complete roll-over strike movementon thecease of its emergency NEC assemblyon the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja, Abuja on 14th March 2022. The strike movementgot hereat 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 criticalsadness that the 3–guy Committee installationwith 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 troublesamong ASUU and FGN had now no longerreferred to as an unmarriedassembly to date.
“NEC changed intosimilarlydisenchanted that ASUU’s bestassembly with the Professor Nimi Briggs-led Renegotiation Committee did now no longermirror the anticipateddegree 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 sportsmight also additionallygrow 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 movementwithinside theultimate twelve weeks, announcing the authorities’ inn to the usage ofhunger 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-recommendedand mightshow counterproductive.
The declarationstated, “NEC changed intobowled over that public universities have remained closed for approximately3 months even ascontributors of the political magnificencehave been busy buying expression of hobby and nomination bureaucracywell worthnumeroushundreds of thousands of Naira in arrangementsfor 2023 elections! Those in energybecame their lower back on our degraded universities as they commuteamong Europe and America to have a good time the commencementin theiryoungsters and wards from world-magnificence universities. This speaks volumes approximatelythe extent of depravity, insensitivity, and irresponsibility of Nigeria’s opportunistic and parasitic political magnificence.
“The result of the crookoverlook of training and gross mismanagement of the nation’s patrimony is obviouswithinside thecrumble of the safetystructure 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 ascollege campuses. ASUU warns, as soon asgreater, that until something drastic is accomplished to oppose thoseunsightly trends, the USA can be headed for a country of anarchy.
“NEC condemned the provocative statements of a fewauthorities functionaries and salutes the Nigerian Labour Congress, patriotic students’ groups, and civil society companieswho’ve taken steps in the direction of resolving the cutting-edgeexertions dispute with the Nigerian authorities.
“NEC determined the deliberatedistant placesjourneypreparedwith 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 whileteachers are denied their salaries for bold to conflictto enhancelots 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 needsencompassthe discharge of revitalization price range for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, launch of earned allowances for collegeteachers, and deployment of the UTAS fee platform for the fee of salaries and allowances of collegeteachers.