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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

ASUU rules out another strike

By Saheed Ibrahim

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) National Executive Committee (NEC) has allayed fears of parents and students in public universities in Nigeria of a fresh industrial strike by the union.

The union said it would pursue positive resolution of the avoidable crisis within the ambit of legality without compromising the interests and welfare of Nigerian intellectuals.

In a statement issued yesterday after the end of the NEC meeting, the ASUU National President, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, said the Union suspended its eight-month strike on October 14, 2022 in obedience to the order of the National Industrial Court and in further consideration of intervention efforts of well-meaning Nigerians, including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

Osodeke noted that the action of the Union was a display of manifest trust in the judiciary and other institutions and organs of government to always put national interest above all other considerations

The ASUU president, however, lamented the response of government through the so-called ‘pro-rata’ payment for 18-day as the October 2022 salaries of the academics.

He said, “This we believe, as a union of thinkers, intellectuals, and patriots, will not only aid the process of amicable resolution of the crisis, but will also set the tone for smooth industrial relations between Government and Nigerian workers at large.

“Unfortunately, the response of government towards ASUU’s demonstration of trust was the so-called ‘pro-rata’ payment for eighteen days as the October 2022 salaries of academics thereby portraying them as daily paid workers!

 “At an emergency meeting of the ASUU’s National Executive Committee (NEC), NEC noted with dismay that paying academics on “pro-rata” basis, like casual workers, is unprecedented in the history of university oriented labour relations and therefore condemned this attempt to reduce Nigerian scholars to casual workers in its entirety.

“NEC commends the membership of ASUU for their perseverance in the face of untold hardship and unwarranted provocation by some notorious agents of the ruling class.”

The ASUU NEC, therefore, appealed for the understanding of Nigerian students, parents and other genuinely concerned individuals and groups.

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