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Monday, March 14, 2022

Extended Strike Meant To Give FG Time To Address All Issues - ASUU

••• As Students’ Union of the University of Ibadan Declares Support ASUU


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The Daily Crucible | Monday, March 14, 2022

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday extended its ongoing strike by eight weeks following Federal Government's  failure to satisfactorily address all the issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action within the four-week warning strike.

President of the union, Emmanuel Osodeke, made this known in a statement made available to The Daily Crucible.

Osodeke noted that the National Executive Council during their meeting on Sunday concluded that they would give the FG eight weeks to address all the issues “in concrete terms” so that students would resume.

The statement reads in parts : "NEC acknowledged the intervention efforts, in various ways, by patriots and friends of genuine national development (students, parents, journalists, trade union leaders, civil society activists etc.) to expeditiously resolve the crisis which•Govemment’s disposition had allowed to fester.

"However, ASUU, as a union of intellectuals, has historic obligations to make governments honour agreements.

"NEC, having taken reports on the engagements of the Trustees and Principal Officers with the Government, concluded that Government had failed to satisfactorily address all the issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action within the four-week roll-over strike period and resolved that the strike be rolled over for another eight weeks to give Government more time to address all the issues in concrete terms so that our students will resume as soon as possible.

"The roll-over strike shall commence by 12.Ol am on Monday, 14th March 2022,”
Emmanuel Osodeke, President Academic Staff Union of Universities.

Meanwhile, the Students’ Union of the University of Ibadan, has declared support for the lecturers over the extended strike embarked upon by the lecturers.

In a press release, jointly signed by the President, General Secretary and Public Relations Officer of the UI Students’ Union; Adewole Yinka, Bamidele Taiwo and Olalekan Michael Ajibola, respectively, the Union declared its unreserved support for the striking academic staff, stating that it was committed to a better education system.

The Union noted how distressing it was to observe that the warning strike of ASUU could not nudge the government to do the needful and accede to the request of ASUU.

The students body urged the Federal Government to prioritise the demands of ASUU, stating that it would take stern measures should the government continue to ignore their appeal.

The statement read in part: “the Academic Staff Union of Universities declared a four-week warning strike on February 14, to ensure that the Government meets their demands. The fulfilment of the 2009 agreement, the revitalization of the University System, the payment of earned allowances, and the move from IPPIS to UTAS as a payment method are among the requests.

“However, it is distressing to observe that the warning strike has produced no results in one month, as the FGN has shown no sign of acceding to ASUU’s requests.

“For this reason, the disagreement between the FGN and ASUU has escalated into a major source of concern, with Nigerian students facing the brunt of the consequences.

“As a result, the University of Ibadan Students’ Union, which is committed to a better educational system, declares an unreserved support for ASUU, given its commitment to the development and improvement of tertiary institutions.

“Let us remind the FGN that qualitative education is the leverage for national development and that underfunding the system or ignoring lecturers’ welfare comes with highly devastating academic consequences. That is why we consider the FGN’s indifference to ASUU’s demands to be completely unacceptable.

“Hence, we, together with other stakeholders, ask the FGN to give full priority to ASUU and meet its demands as soon as possible, so that classes can resume, as it appears that the sector of the country most affected is the Nigerian student body.

“If the FGN, however, chooses to ignore this appeal, University of Ibadan students would take certain stern but rational measures to demand that the FGN honours its agreement with ASUU,” the statement read further.


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