The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has extended its ongoing strike by 12 weeks.

The decision came following a meeting of the union’s national executive council (NEC) on Sunday at its University of Abuja secretariat.

In a statement issued after the meeting, Emmanuel Osodeke, ASUU president, stated that the extension takes effect from Monday, May 9, 2022. He said the extension is aimed at giving the government more time to satisfactorily resolve the issues.

“NEC was shocked that public universities have remained closed for about three months while members of the political class were busy purchasing expression of interest and nomination forms worth several millions of Naira in preparations for 2023 elections! Those in power turned their back on our degraded universities as they shuttle between Europe and America to celebrate the graduation of their children and wards from world class universities.

This speaks volumes on the level of depravity, insensitivity, and irresponsibility of Nigeria’s opportunistic and p@rasitic political class. NEC condemned Federal Government’s cavalier attitude towards the strike action in the last twelve weeks. Government’s resort to the use of starvation as a we@pon for breaking the collective resolve of ASUU members and undermine our patriotic struggle to reposition public universities in Nigeria is ill-advised and may prove counterproductive.

“After extensive deliberations, noting Government’s failure to live up to its responsibilities and speedily address all the issues raised in the 2020 FGN/ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) within the additional eight-week roll–over strike period declared on 14th March 2022, NEC resolved that the strike be rolled over for twelve weeks to give Government more time to satisfactorily resolve all the outstanding issues. The roll-over strike action is with effect from 12.01a.m. on Monday, 9th May, 2022,” the statement read.

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