The National Executive Council of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has voted to extend its strike by another four weeks to give the Federal Government more time to meet its demands.
Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, ASUU’s President, who announced the decision at the end of the NEC meeting in Abuja on Sunday, in a statement said the decision was based on the fact of the government’s past failure to implement agreements with the union.
“Following extensive deliberations and taking cognisance of Government’s past failures to abide by its own timelines in addressing issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MOA), NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for four weeks to give Government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues.
“The role-over strike action is with effect from 12.01 a.m. on Monday, 1st August 2022.”
ASUU’s strike started with a one-month strike on February 14, 2022, over the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) it signed with the Federal Government and the disagreement over the adoption of the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) as a payment platform for all federal workers.
The union proposed UTAS as an alternative platform for the payment of salaries for its members following discrepancies highlighted in the use of IPPIS.
On March 14, 2022, the union declared a two-month strike on March 14. Presently, its members are on the three-month strike declared by ASUU after the expiration of the two-month warning strike.