The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) extended the existing strike by 12 weeks early Monday morning.
The decision was made at a special National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the ASUU Secretariat in Abuja.
According to a statement issued by ASUU president Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, this was done to allow the government adequate time to settle all remaining concerns.
The emergency meeting began on Sunday and finished early Monday morning, with major officers and branch chairpersons in attendance.
The two-month rollover strike launched by ASUU on March 14, 2022 concluded today (May 9th), prompting the NEC to extend it by 12 weeks following the original agitation for an indefinite strike due to failure to address the issues under dispute.
The continuation of the strike means that public colleges will stay closed. It further indicated that the roll-over strike will begin at 12:01 a.m. on May 8, 2021.
ASUU officials worked out the final meeting with the government negotiating team led by Prof. Nimi Briggs, although both parties are expected to meet next week.
The non-implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed with the government in December 2020 on funding for revitalisation of public universities (both federal and state), renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution are among ASUU’s demands (UTAS).
Other unresolved concerns include earned academic allowances, state universities, promotion arrears, delayed pay, non-remittance of third-party deductions, and rejection of the UTAS built by the ASUU technical team to replace the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).