ASUU mulls strike extension, protests in cities

Indications emerged yesterday that the ongoing strike by university teachers might be extended once again.

 

The decision was reached at a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Abuja.

 

A member of the NEC, who made this known to The Nation, said that ASUU was displeased by the slow pace of progress in its negotiations with the Federal Government.

 

“The Federal Government is not serious. Nothing concrete has come out of the meetings with them,” he said.

 

Yesterday, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) announced that it had begun mobilisation of its members for a three-day warning strike.

 

The NLC took the decision at a meeting with university-based unions in Abuja where a 21-day ultimatum was issued to the government to meet the demands of the unions. The 21-day ultimatum was ratified by the National Executive Council of the NLC. The ultimatum ended on May 4, 2022.

 

Students in Lagos, Illorin and Owerri have resolved to take their protests against the strike to the streets, beginning from today.

 

KADESH NEWS TEAM gathered  that the students decided to embark on a peaceful march because there seems to be no end in sight to the strike, which is in its third month.

 

According to fliers trending on social media platforms, students in Lagos will gather at University Road Junction, Yaba today, while those in Ilorin will meet at the University of Ilorin gate tomorrow. Imo State University (IMSU) students will protest on Wednesday.

 

On social media, hashtags such as #EndASUUstrike, #FGendASUUstrikeNow topped Twitter trends. Also banners with inscriptions such as ‘End ASUU strike now’, and ‘No to incessant strikes’, among others have since gone viral.

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