ASUU Extends Strike By 12 Weeks

An indefinite strike is inevitable as the Federal Government has yet to meet the demands of ASUU. The union had revealed on Sunday 8th of May, that it will go on strike for another 12-weeks should the FG fail to meet its demands in the next meeting.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities embarked on a warning strike on the 14th of February, and the strike will enter its third month on the 14th of May. Agreements are yet to be met by the Government to allow the reopening of universities across the country. Students have, in this period, rallied all over the country to protest against the continued strike and to plead with the government to reach an agreement with the union. However, this has failed to be achieved as the union threatens to prolong its strike action by an additional three months.

Recent reports have it that the Federal Government has invited ASUU for a meeting to reopen negotiations on how to end the continued strike. This was passed by the Minister of Labor and Employment, Chris Ngige on Friday 6th of May. However, on Sunday in an ongoing National Executive Council meeting in Abuja, the Union had stated that the government was unserious in its negotiations. As a result, decisions would be made to extend the strike.

Final decisions on the strike will be disclosed after the meeting on Monday, May 9th. While the government claims to have invited the union for a meeting Monday morning, ASUU restates that it has received no such invitation.

News of the possible extension of the strike by 12-weeks has instilled fear in the hearts of students across the country as many laments over their education and continue to protest over the ongoing strike.

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