ICYMI : ASUU Extends Ongoing Strike By Eight Weeks

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has officially elongated its ongoing warning strike by a period of eight weeks.

ASUU made the decision after a meeting of its national executive council (NEC) on Monday morning at its University of Abuja secretariat.

In a statement released after the meeting, Emmanuel Osodeke, the union’s president, said the elongation takes effect at 12:01 am on Monday, March 14, 2022.

“NEC was disappointed that Government did not treat the matters involved with utmost urgency they deserved during the four-week period as expected of a reasonable, responsive, and well-meaning administration,” the statement read.

“NEC viewed government’s response, so far, as a continuation of the unconscionable, mindless, and nonchalant attitude of the Nigerian ruling elite towards the proven path of national development which is education.

“NEC acknowledged the intervention efforts, in various ways, by patriots and friends of genuine national development to expeditiously resolve the crisis which-Government’s disposition had allowed to fester.

“NEC concluded that Government had failed to satisfactorily address all the issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) within the four-week roll-over strike period.

“NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for another eight (8) weeks to give government more time to address all the issues in concrete terms so that our students will resume as soon as possible.”

ASUU embarked on a one-month warning strike on February 14 thereafter a similar discussion of the union’s NEC.

The union accused the federal government of breaking the agreements it reached to suspend its last strike in 2020.

ASUU also argued that the industrial action had emanated from the government’s attitude towards the renegotiation of salaries and allowances as well as the adoption of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) payroll software.

ASUU rejected the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS), saying that it is “inconsistent”.

The federal government referred UTAS to the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) to carry out a user acceptance test (UAT) and vulnerability assessment and penetration test (VAPT) before the final deployment in an ongoing process that started on March 3.

On March 10, director-general of NITDA, Kashifu Inuwa, announced that UTAS failed the three integrity tests.

The union, nonetheless, tackled NITDA for claiming its proposed payroll software failed integrity tests.

ASUU president also accused the agency of misleading the public.