Just In: ASUU Extends Strike for 4 Weeks, Gives Strong Reason
- The hope of Nigerian students has again been left hanging following the o ver five months strike action of the Academic Staff Union of Universities
- This is as the meeting the union had with the federal government on Monday, August 1st was unsuccessful
- Following this development, the industrial action has been extended by four months, which means students would spend more time at home and their academic activities put to a halt
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has extended its strike action by another four weeks to give the Federal Government more time to meet its demands, The Nation reports.
The union arrived at this conclusion at the end of its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting at its national secretariat in Abuja on Sunday, July 31.
In a statement by its president, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, the union said:
“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.
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“The role-over strike action is with effect from 12.01 am. on Monday, August 1st, 2022.”
He added that the Union took the decision after extensive deliberations on the government’s past failures to abide by its own timelines in addressing the issues it raised, Daily Trust added.
The strike entered its 168 days on Monday, August 1, 2022.
Peter Obi blasts Buhari over 5-month-long ASUU strike, proffers solution
In another development, the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration has been accused of failing to honour the Federal Government's agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The allegation against the president and his cabinet members in the education and labour force sector was made by Peter Obi, Labour Party's presidential candidate.
According to Obi, improved education and lifting people out of poverty are key to addressing insecurity in the country.
Despite ongoing 5-Month ASUU strike, Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila returns to school
Meanwhile, Femi Gbajabiamila is currently enrolled in a leadership course at the Harvard Kennedy School, John F. Kennedy School of Government.
The lawmaker who is serving as the current speaker of the House of Representatives announced that he is back to class.
Gbajabiamila made the announcement on his personal Facebook page while sharing various pictures of himself and his classmates.