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ASUU Meets Today, Takes Final Decision on Looming Strike Sunday

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities’ NEC will begin a two-day discussion today at the University of Lagos, Akoka, to fully implement the union’s decision on an expected strike.

Academic Union will publish the strike’s final decision – which will be achieved by voting – at the end of the meeting on Sunday.

As far back as 2009, the union had voiced dissatisfaction with the federal government’s inability to follow through on some of the promises it had made. On November 15, 2021, ASUU issued a three-week ultimatum to the federal government for failing to satisfy the requests.

Following the claimed “federal government’s unfaithfulness” in executing the Memorandum of Action it agreed with the union, which resulted in the suspension of the 2020 strike action, the lecturers pledged to go on strike again.

Despite meeting with Dr. Chris Ngige, the Minister of Labour and Employment last year, on challenges such as funding for revitalisation of public universities, earned academic allowances, and University Transparency Accountability Solution, ASUU President illustrated that after several meeting with the Labour Minister, Chris Ngige, in October, 2021, on the challenges confronting the Union such as UTAS, funding for revitalisation of public universities and earned allowance.

None of its requests have been satisfied, including promotion arrears, revision of the 2009 ASUU and FG Agreement, and discrepancies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System Payment.

Upon the threat, State Education Minister, Nwajiuba assured that lecturers will be compensated.

Lecturers called off the planned protest a few weeks later, after professors at federal institutions were given N22.1 billion in earned allowances.
The ASUU NEC will convene at the UNILAG from February 12 (today) to February 13 to make a final decision on the upcoming strike

Strike decisions will be put to vote at the NEC meeting which all members present voting for or against the planned strike.

ASUU president is not the only one who decides on the strike, he stated. None of the members are required to make decision on their own. At the meeting, the subjects at hand will be discussed and debated.

All Academic Union NEC members will vote for or against the strike. The next step of action would be whatever we decide on Sunday.