The Academic Staff Union of Universities after its two days National Executive Committee(NEC) meeting held at the University of Lagos, Akoka, resolved with a final decision to commence an indefinite strike taking effect from Monday, February 14, 2022.
According to ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, the strike was against the wish of the union, however, the interest of the union has to be treated first.
In his words:
“I announce to you with a heavy heart the commencement of a nationwide strike starting from 14th February till our needs are met.”
ASUU had shown their grievances over the failure of the Nigerian Government to fulfil some of their agreements made with the union since 2009.
The union had on November 15, 2021, given the Federal Government a three-week ultimatum over their negligence towards the demands made with the Lecturers.
ASUU had threatened to go on another round of industrial action following the alleged “government’s unfaithfulness” in the implementation of the Memorandum of Action it signed with the union, which made them suspend the 2020 strike action.
After the union’s NEC meeting at the University of Abuja on November 13 and 14, 2021, the president of the union had lamented that despite meeting with Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment, on October 14, 2021, none of the lecturers demands had been met.
Some of the demands requested by the union include funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, University Transparency Accountability Solution, promotion arrears, renegotiation of 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, and the inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel information.
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