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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has declared a comprehensive and indefinite industrial action.
The union’s National Executive Council had convened a meeting on Sunday to deliberate the government’s failure to meet their demands.
In a communique issued at the end of the meeting titled, ‘ASUU strikes are to save public universities,’ and signed by ASUU National President, Prof, Emmanuel Osodeke, noted the disappointment of NEC at the insincerity of the government.
It read, ‘‘In view of the foregoing, and following extensive deliberations on government’s response to the resolution of 14th February 2022, so far, NEC concluded that the demands of the union had not been satisfactorily addressed. Consequently, NEC resolved to transmute the roll-over strike to a comprehensive, total, and indefinite strike action beginning from 12.01 a.m Monday 29th August 2022.
‘‘NEC acknowledges with appreciation past and current efforts by eminent Nigerians and groups to mediate in the lingering crisis. Our union remains open to reasonable engagements as we have always done. However, ASUU remains focused on the full implementation of the 23rd December 2020 Memorandum of Action for quick restoration of industrial harmony in Nigeria’s public universities.
It added that ‘‘NEC noted with pains, its concerns for Nigerians students who are also our wards and foster children and condemned government’s seeming indifference to their plights. Were it within our control, our universities would never have been shut for one day. ‘’
ASUU had on February 14, 2022, embarked on strike which has lingered to date.