For months now, Nigerian Students have been stuck at home as school doors have been closed due to the ongoing ASUU strike.
According to a statement signed by the President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the strike has now been officially extended for another 12 weeks. The extended time is to give the government enough time to resolve all the outstanding issues.
The statement read,
“After extensive deliberations, noting the Government’s failure to live up to its responsibilities and speedily address all the issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) within the additional eight-week roll–over strike period declared on 14th March 2022, NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for twelve weeks to give Government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues.”
“The roll-over strike action is with effect from 12.01 a.m. on Monday, 9th May 2022.”
This development has not gone down well with all parties involved. Hundreds of students gathered at the main gate of the University of Lagos in Yaba to protest .
Some of the union’s demands of the Government include 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.