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- 1 ASUU Strike is 140 days old today|What have you done with your life?
- 2 Why is ASUU on Strike?
- 3 What have students done to stop the strike?
ASUU Strike is 140 days old today|What have you done with your life?
Senior Advocate of Nigerian, Femi Falana has expressed optimism that the lingering strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) will be called off in days and not weeks.
The Senior Advocate stated this at the book launch entitled Breaking Coconut With Your Head, by Lanre Arogundade on Monday in Lagos
He stated that it is likely that the strike will be concluded outside the courtroom
ASUU strike isn’t something new to Students studying in government owned tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
February 14, 2022, ASUU announced a one month warning strike and this announcement came with a mixture of feelings and reactions from several students all over the country.
Many were sad because they were eager to get out of the school system and become graduates while others were excited cos they saw the one month strike as a little break from school stress. This excitement was cut short when on the 15th of March 2022, ASUU made an announcement stating that their demands haven’t been met yet and the strike will be extended till the 14th of May 2022.
It was further extended till August.
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said plans are underway to meet up with the demand of ASUU so that students can return to their various campuses by the ending of this July.
The National Youth Leader of the party, Comr Dayo Israel, disclosed this on his verified Twitter handle on Sunday.
He revealed that his meeting with the minister of Labour and other stakeholders in the sector were successful and would produce the expected result before end of this month.
He added that a counter offer to ASUU has been put together by the Federal government and would be presented to President Muhammadu Buhari this week.
His tweet read, ” I just met with Nigeria’s Minister of Labour with my youth leaders at his home in Abuja to discuss the way forward in putting an end to the ASUU strike. Earlier, in the day, I spoke to the presidents of ASUU and NANS ahead of my meeting with the minister.
“I also spoke with the chairman of the Wages, Income and Salaries Commission through the minister’s phone. I can inform Nigerians that a counter offer to ASUU has been put together by the FG and will be presented to Mr President this week.
Our consultations will continue and we call on all stakeholders to find a middle ground and ensure our youths go back to school this month.
#spreadinggrestness,” he said.
It will be recalled that ASUU embarked on a nationwide strike, February 14,2022, following the inability of the federal government to meet it’s demands.
Why is ASUU on Strike?
The Academic Staff Union of Universities(ASUU), Lagos Zone, has warned that the rejection of University Transparency and Accountability Solution by the National Information Technology Development Agency will continue to elongate the strike action.
The union declared that the strike would not be suspended until the government addresses the adoption of UTAS, implements the renegotiated agreement, and pays all outstanding allowances.
Speaking at a press briefing held at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, on Tuesday, the coordinator of ASUU Lagos Zone, Adelaja Odukoya, insisted that the UTAS proposed by the union passed the test and quality assurance requirements, having scored 99.3 per cent.
Odukoya described the rejection as an attempt to play politics with the public universities.
What have students done to stop the strike?
The first protest was headed by the National Association of Nigerian Students(NANS) and it ended terribly as the Minister of Education walked out of the meeting angrily.
Few weeks later, NANS requested for the help of NAUS, National Association of University Students and their request was terribly declined.
8 months gone!
Is the strike going to really end in a month’s time??
ASUU is still insisting and FG is still turning a deaf hear to their words.
So guys since the strike started, what have you been up to?
I can’t wait to see your comments.