The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has officially announced a nationwide strike.
The national president of the union, Emmanuel Victor Osodeke, disclosed this during a press conference on Monday following a two-day deliberation of ASUU’s national executive council (NEC).
Osodeke mentioned that that the nationwide strike is for four weeks and should be “comprehensive and total”.
“The NEC of our union has resolved to embark on a four-week total and comprehensive strike beginning from February 14,” he said.
“That’s the resolution of latest NEC meeting held on February 12 and 13. The patience of our members have been dragged beyond tolerable limit.
“The greatest asset of any nation is human capital. We therefore seek the understanding and support of all stakeholders to make the Nigerian government more responsible to issues of human capital development.”
Members of the union’s NEC, enveloping ASUU leaders across campuses, had been holding meetings since Saturday, the latest of which was held at the University Of Lagos (UNILAG).
The union had resolved to embark on the two-day meeting after it sensitised and mobilised lecturers and students across all universities about the reason the union might go on a strike.
ASUU, which embarked on a nine-month strike that stopped university education in 2020, had bemoaned the failure of the federal government to fulfill some of the agreements they had reached to suspend the industrial action.
The union further said that that the mobilisation for strike trailed the federal government’s attitude towards the renegotiation of their salaries and allowances as well as the adoption of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) payroll software.
However, President Muhammadu Buhari had recently assured that his government would honour its agreements with ASUU to avoid incessant strikes in the education sector.
“My administration is committed to this engagement and dialogue, and I urge them to stay the course towards a joint resolution in the best interest of our children and nation,” he had said.