The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, has said the union would be meeting with the Federal government today, to address its ongoing strike action.
The government has not made efforts to look into the ongoing strike actions and discuss their decision with the union’s executives since the end of the renegotiation meeting led by Prof. Nimi Brigges.
Likewise, after the submission of the ASUU report by the Briggs committee, the president gave the Minister of Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu a two-week ultimatum to address the demands of ASUU.
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However, the two weeks elapsed three weeks ago, yet, nothing was done to forestall an extension of the strike by one month strike, which started on August 1, 2022.
In a Politics Today programme by Channels Television on Monday, Osodeke said the union was willing to call off the strike if the Federal Government agreed to its demand at today’s meeting.
He said, “If we go into that meeting tomorrow and the government says, what you have bargained for, we are willing to sign, the strike will be called off.”
The ongoing strike started on February 14, 2022, after the Federal Government refused to meet some of its demands including, the release of revitalization 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.
The action continues to elongate the academic calendar of public universities and by extension the duration of students’ courses.