The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, has announced the extension of its earlier embarked four weeks strike by eight weeks.
ASUU said it extended the strike by eight more weeks as a result of the government’s failure to reach a consensus they earlier agreed upon.
Recall that ASUU had embarked on the strike as a result of what it described as a failure of the government in the implementation of the agreements they have previously reached concerning how to improve the quality of university education in the country.
Professor Abdulkadir Muhammad Danbazau is an official of ASUU, told BBC Hausa that they took the decision of extending the strike to enable the government to fulfill the agreement, so as not to embark on another strike in the future, stating that eight weeks was enough for the government to take appropriate action.
“As Nigerians are aware, we resorted to embark on the strike in the last four weeks. We also arranged that we will review the progress or otherwise after the four weeks which exhausted on Sunday.
“After reviewing the reports on the development so far, we did not content with government actions and we decided to extend the strike to enable the government to fulfill the agreements to avoid going back to another strike again.
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“We initially thought that the agreements would be fulfilled within the last four weeks, but they came again with their usual promises, whereas we don’t need promises now; we need nothing but fulfillment of the promises, hence we decided to give them more time. We are however ready to call off the strike action anytime our needs are addressed,” he said.
ASUU has been on strike since Monday, February 14th 2022 and the union sees the strike as the last resort to force the Nigerian government to meet its needs.
The union’s strike in Nigeria has a major impact on students who find themselves in dilemma, while others think ASUU needs to change its approach with the government not necessarily through strikes.
Reports revealed that ASUU has embarked on strike 15 times since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, a situation that puts education in comatose.