ASUU Extends Strike By 12 Weeks

Rita Enemuru, Reporting

Following the eight-week warning strike that ended at the weekend, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has extended its strike by 12 weeks.

This was disclosed in a statement signed by ASUU president, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke on Monday after a meeting that started on Sunday.

Osodeke said the decision was to give the government enough time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues.

The academic body took the decision at an emergency National Executive Council (NEC) held at ASUU Secretariat in Abuja.

The emergency meeting had, in attendance, principal officers and branch chairmen.

Members of the union had embarked on a one-month strike on February 14 over the failure of the Nigerian Government to honour the various agreements reached with them.

Some of ASUU’s demands included the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the UTAS payment platform for the payment of salaries and allowances of university lecturers.

Following the expiration of the initial four-week warning strike, the union had gone ahead to declare additional eight weeks of industrial action, saying that it was giving President Buhari and his men more time to attend to its needs.

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