ASUU Strike: The Outcome Of NEC Meeting Held In Abuja
01 Aug 2022
The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU has again, extended it’s strike action after a crucial NEC Meeting held at the University of Abuja, Abuja
According to a statement realeased today, Monday, 01 August 2022, by Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, President of the union, the extension of the strike action was necessary so as to avail the government with enough time to resolve all outstanding issues with the union.
He also disclosed that the union conveyed an emergency National Executive Council meeting at the University of Abuja on Sunday which ended in the early hours of today and that the extension would take immediate effect from August 1.
According to the statement:
“Since there is no sign of any serious commitment on the part of the government, there was no need for the NEC to consider suspending the strike. Can anybody say this is what the goverement is offering? They were the ones who set up the Briggs Committee and it made recommendations and the government jettisoned the report.
“The government is not sincere. Let us assume that we are asking too much, which is not even the situation, is it not that the government will come out with its offers and we will deliberate whether to accept or not. We have been saying it that they want to kill the university system just as they did public primary and secondary schools.
“How many Nigerians are now proud to send their children to public primary and secondary schools that we all attended in those days? The national leadership of the union will soon come out with our decisions,” the source said.
You may recall that last Tuesday and Wednesday, solidarity rallies were held across the states and in Abuja by Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC to press the goverement to intercede to the requests of the union and for immediate reopening of the universities.
The university community have been on strike since February 14, 2022.