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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has extended its ongoing warning strike by another 12 weeks  to give Government enough time to satisfactorilyesolve all the outstanding issues.

The strike takes effect from 12.01 am, May 9, 2021, according to a statement on Monday signed by ASUU president, Emmanuel Osodeke.

According to the statement the union took this decision after its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting which started on Sunday night at the Comrade Festus Iyayi National Secretariat, University of Abuja.

The statement read, “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 12.01 a.m. on Monday, 9th May 2022.”

The union had embarked on a one-month warning strike on February 14  and later extended it by her eight weeks which will end  Monday.

The Union also expressed disappointment over the Committee set up by  the federal government on 1st February 2022 to resolve the lingering issues between ASUU and FGN had not called a single meeting to date.

“NEC was equally disappointed that ASUU’s only meeting with the Professor Nimi Briggs-led Renegotiation Committee did not reflect the expected level of understanding, preparation and clarity that undergird collective bargaining going by the Committee’s confession of  going about consulting stakeholders. Unless urgent steps are taken to redirect the Committee on concluding a draft Agreement that has been pending since May 2021, its activities may end up as another wild goose chase,” the statement read.

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