The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has extended the ongoing strike by an extra four weeks.
The industrial action was initiated more than five months ago and has since been unresolved.
Recall that on February 14, 2022, public universities were closed by striking lecturers because the Federal Government was unable to put the Memorandum of Action (MoA) that the two parties had signed in 2020 into effect.
In a statement released on Monday, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, the national president of ASUU, said the decision to prolong the strike was made to give the FG more time to settle all of the pressing problems brought up.
The development followed an emergency meeting of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) convened on Sunday, at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat in Abuja.
The statement reads in part, “Following extensive deliberations and taking cognisance of Government’s past failures to abide by its own timelines in addressing issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA), NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for four weeks to give Government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues.
“The roll-over strike action is with effect from 12.01am on Monday, 1st August 2022”.