The Academic Staff Union of Universities has agreed to extend its current strike, via multiple sources.
The decision was made following the National Executive Council meeting on Monday morning at the union’s headquarters at the University of Abuja.
Ben Goong, the Federal Ministry of Education’s spokesperson, said in an interview with reporters that the administration has done everything it could to put an end to the strike.
But the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, has extended its protracted strike that has shut down the nation’s public universities after 196 days of industrial action.
Mr. Ben considers it to be unreasonable to continue dragging the protracted strike given the fact that the Federal Government has met about 80% of the union’s demands
Mr. Ben said, “As regards the next steps, the government has already inaugurated a committee to harmonize the IPPIS, UTAS, and UP3. This will ensure that the government will pay with only one payment platform that will harmonize all the technical peculiarities.
“If you bring some demands and almost 80% have been attended to, there is no need to drag the strike anymore.
“It is unreasonable for the strike to be lingering seeing as the government has worked towards fulfilling most of the demands.”
Following this expected development Nigerian student are expected to remain at home as the gates of Nigerian universities affiliated with the union continuously remains shut.
However, Nigerians and Nigerian students have continuously kicked against the strike action by the union as students continue to submit and circulate petitions and appeals both to the union and the federal government through social media posts and meetings to ensure that the strike is called off and classroom activities resume in all tertiary institutions.
The Federal government has yet to respond to the union’s latest decision.