Ahead of NEC, ASUU Congresses Settle Total, Indefinite, Extended Strike

Congresses of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in different departments in the South-West geopolitical zone and in the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) have held a common resolution that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the union should declare a total, indefinite and comprehensive strike.

The congresses will be held at the various universities ahead of Sunday’s NEC meeting, where a decision on whether to suspend or continue the strike will be made based on the accumulation of views from different departments across the country.

Congresses were held at the University of Ibadan between Monday and Wednesday; Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife; Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH), Ogbomoso; University of Ilorin, University of Abuja and University of Lagos with members voting for the ongoing strike to be turned into an indefinite strike.

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At the various congresses, ASUU members considered the federal government’s offer, which they described as being far from the proposed agreement presented to the government by the Nimi Briggs-led commission.

Members further expressed their dismay at the government’s failure to recognize the magnitude of the problem in the university system and was tardy in releasing the white paper on the visitation panel.

Rejecting the government’s “price,” ASUU members expressed anger, but voted to consider collective bargaining.

The unionists rejected the federal government’s take-it-or-leave-it offer and urged the government to revert to the new draft 2009 FGN/ASUU Renegotiation Committee agreement.

In several conversations, university union leaders claimed that they do not accept awarded salary, noting that the separate salary structure in all FGN/ASUU agreements is usually the result of collective bargaining processes.

They also questioned the proposed release of N170 billion revitalization fund as contained in the 2020 Memorandum of Action that all monetary implications for implementation are included in the 2023 budget.

Among other things, ASUU members expressed concern that the government is still unwilling to deploy the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS), but plans to establish a technical committee to implement the Integrated Payroll and Personnel information system (IPPIS) to be revised.

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