Tension among Nigerian Universities as ASUU NEC holds final meeting on the strike

 

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There is tension among students of Nigerian universities over the expected outcome of an ongoing meeting by members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities.


Sources had reported that the meeting is expected to decide on an impending strike.


The BHG-InfoDesk gathered that members of the National Executive Council of ASUU are currently meeting.


The NEC comprises national, zonal officers, and branch chairpersons.

When contacted, the Chairperson of OAU ASUU, Dr Adeola Egbedokun, said the final decision has not been reached as of 08.50 pm.


“Nothing to confirm now,” he replied while stating that the strike has not been announced.


ASUU relocates meeting venue

Another official told our correspondent that the outcome of the meeting would be announced on Monday.


He added that the union has also relocated its meeting from Ade Ajayi Auditorium in UNILAG to Tayo Aderinokun Lecture Hall – near UNILAG guest house.


Background

The union had expressed grievances over the failure of the Federal Government to fulfil some of the agreements it made as far back as 2009. ASUU had on November 15, 2021, given the federal government a three-week ultimatum over the failure to meet the demands.


The lecturers threatened to embark 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, leading to the suspension of the 2020 strike action.


After the union’s National Executive Council meeting at the University of Abuja on November 13 and 14, ASUU President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, lamented that despite meeting with the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige, on October 14, 2021, on issues, including 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 System Payment, none of its demands had been met.


Following the threat, the Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba, promised that the union would be paid. 

A few weeks after, ASUU suspended the planned strike, as N22.1 billion earned allowances were paid to lecturers in federal universities.


On the heels of the union’s renewed agitations, the co-chairmen of the National Inter-religious Council, the Sultan of Sokoto, Muhammad Abubakar III, and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, Dr. Samson Ayokunle, visited the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), last month, over the lack of implementation of the Memorandum of Understanding the government signed with ASUU in 2009 and others.

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