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BREAKING: ASUU Ends Warning Strike, Gets Ready To Begin indefinite Strike Action

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will end its eight weeks warning action on Monday May 9, 2022 and is set to launch an indefinite strike action afterwards.

According to reports, the decision of ASUU as to whether the union will embark on an indefinite action will be made known on Monday.

ASUU had declared a warning strike action on February 14 and later extended it by another eight weeks which comes to an end on Monday, May 9, 2022 over their disagreements with the Federal Government of Nigeria.

It was gathered that the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the union had earlier given the go-ahead to the national leadership to call out members on indefinite strike if nothing tangible was achieved during the eight weeks of their warning strike.

Just few days ago, the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige disclosed that talks between the government and the union will resume next week.

Since the Minister did not specify when exactly the talks will resume, it is unclear if the ASUU meeting to decide on an indefinite strike will happen before or after meeting with the Minister.

ASUU will however be expected to make a decision on indefinite strike tomorrow.

When contacted, the National President of ASUU, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said the union had not gotten an invitation from the government’s team as of the weekend.

He noted that ASUU got to know about the Minister’s proposed meeting through the news. “We too heard it in the news what the Minister of Labour said about meeting with us, but as we talk, nobody has reached out to us for any meeting.

“We don’t know when the meeting will be called. However, I think before going to the press to announce any proposed meeting, what ought to have been done is to inform us. Anyway, we are waiting for the meeting when it is called,” he said.

Asked by Vanguard what would be the next line of action, Osodeke said the national leadership of the union would decide that.

ASUU strike has impacted a lot in the educational system of Nigeria. Students in Nigeria have lost several years to ASUU strike and will be eager to see a final solution to the prevalent problem.

The Joint Admission Matriculation Board (JAMB) has on May 6, 2022 commenced the 2022 University entry examinations, with more fresh students expected to join the old students in experiencing the effects of ASUU strike.

Leading universities like the University of Ibadan (UI), which was recently named the best university in Nigeria, cancelled admission for undergraduates for a whole session last year as a result lost times due to ASUU strike.

Several other universities, who admitted candidates that passed the 2021 JAMB are yet to start any academic with them one year after.

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