ASUU Extends Strike By 12 Weeks in Nigeria

ASUU Extends Strike By 12 Weeks in Nigeria

The Academic Staff Union Of Universities, ASUU has rolled over its ongoing strike for another 12 weeks. The president of the union, Prof. Emmanuele Osodeke, in a statement signed, disclosed that the rollover was to give the government ample time to satisfactorily resolve all outstanding issues.

He further disclosed that the roll-over was effective from May 9, 2021.

The statement reads, “After extensive deliberations, noting the 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) with 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 am on Monday, 9th May 2022″.

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It is disheartening seeing the way the future of young Nigerians is toiled with. Public universities have remained closed for 3 months now, and then, here comes another strike extension for 12 weeks. Rather than treat the demands of ASUU with urgency, so that students can quickly return to the classroom, these political classes are busy purchasing expressions of interest and nomination forms worth millions of naira, in preparation for the 2023 elections.

They are more interested in their selfish interest, to the detriment of the future of the Nigerian youths. They have refused to develop the educational sector in the country, meanwhile, their wards attend world-class universities in Europe. On countless occasions, they shuttle to Europe to celebrate the graduation of their children, grinning without shame, while the educational sector in the country is in shambles. What a shame!

This is nothing but insensitivity, incompetence, and irresponsibility of the ruling class. The result of the neglect of the educational sector has taken a great toll on the economy, coupled with so many negative effects on society.

While the Nigerian government has been putting measures in place to improve the economy of the country, they fail to understand that the incessant strike action in public universities is counterproductive. The neglect of the educational system will make it very difficult for the country’s economy to blossom. No great economy in the world, improved without a sound educational system.

It is sad to note that perennial strike action has become a part and parcel of Nigerian public universities, hardly a year passes without ASUU either threatening to go on strike or embarking on strike. The distorted learning process of public university students is one of the main reasons why universities in the country continue to churn out a large number of half-baked graduates, who add very little effort to the country’s economic growth and development.

As a result of these incessant strike actions, the social vices in society have drastically increased. A lot of youths out of idleness go-ahead to engage in cyber fraud(Yahoo Yahoo), prostitution, ritual killings, Arm Robbery, etc. It’s high time the government understands that as a result of not meeting the demands of ASUU, a lot of youths have had their lives ruined.

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