The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have extended their six-month-old strike.
The decision to extend the strike further was reached at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the striking lecturers at the University of Abuja. This was confirmed to newsmen by a member of the NEC in Abuja.The source, however, did not disclose how long the union extended the industrial action for.
On February 14, 2022, ASUU declared a four-week warning strike. They extended it by eight weeks after a month, saying the government needs more time to look at its demands. Following the Federal Government and lecturers’ inability to reach a resolution, the union on May 9, 2022 further extended the strike by 12 weeks.
The university teachers are demanding; Improved welfare, revitalisation of public universities, and academic autonomy, among others. Several meetings between government representatives and ASUU have ended without an agreement.
Professor Nimi Briggs is heading the re-negotiation Committee set up by the Federal government. The last meeting held with ASUU at the National University Commission (NUC) in Abuja ended in a deadlock.