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ASUU Extends Strike

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Don’t Back Down On Your Strike Action, Rights Lawyer Tells ASUU

The lingering strike embarked by the Academic Staff Union of Universities has been extended for another 12 weeks.

ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, in a statement, said the extension was to give the federal government enough time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues.

It also stated that the roll-over strike was effective from 12.01 am, May 9, 2021.

The academic body noted the decision was taken after its National Executive Council meeting which started on Sunday night at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja.

The implication of the extension of the strike is that public universities would remain close.

ASUU’s demands include the non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed with the government in December 2020 on funding for the revitalisation of public universities (both federal and state), renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ ASUU Agreement and the deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Other outstanding issues are earned academic allowances; state universities, promotion arrears, withheld salaries, non-remittance of third-party deductions and rejection of UTAS that ASUU technical team developed to replace the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

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