The National Executive Council of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which is currently on strike, will convene on Sunday, August 28, 2022 to decide whether to stop or prolong the industrial action.
The union’s national offices at the University of Abuja will host the meeting, sources among the NEC’s members told our correspondent on Monday.
The council will decide on the industrial action based on information from the various state congresses, our correspondent further learned.
ASUU had started a strike on Monday, February 14, 2022.
The union had demanded that the ASUU-FGN 2009 agreement be renegotiated, that funds for university revitalization be released, that the University Transparency Accountability System be implemented for the payment of university lecturers’ salaries and benefits, that earned allowances be released, and that the white paper report of the visitation panels to universities be made public.
“The NEC meeting will hold on August 28. The four weeks ultimatum that we gave is expiring that same day. We will be making our decisions based on the results of the state congresses.
“The NEC has to depend on the result of the congresses. The zones have held their own congresses; the branch chairmen will also talk to their members and they will get feedback which will be transmitted to the NEC,” one of the sources said.
Does it seem like the administration wants to stop the strike, the source queried when asked if the union would consider calling off the walkout.
Assuring our reporter of the NEC meeting’s date, Dr. Gbolahan Bolarin, chair of the ASUU at the Federal University of Technology in Minna, simply said, “Yes, Sunday.”
Other university-based unions, including the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities, and other affiliated educational institutions, went on strike shortly after the ASUU strike began to press their demands.
The government had formed a negotiation team to explore talks with the unions in an effort to put a stop to the strike, and it was headed by Nimi Briggs, the pro-chancellor of the Federal University of Lokoja.
The government and ASUU’s talks have deadlocked while SSANU, NASU, and NAAT have called off their strikes.