THE Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared a nationwide comprehensive strike that is expected to last for a period of four weeks; the union also condemned the creation of new universities, adding that it is an ill-timed move.
The strike was declared on Monday, February 14, 2022, after the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) had held marathon meetings from Saturday, February 12, 2022, to Monday, February 14, 2022, at the University of Lagos.
According to the President of the union, Prof. Emmanuel Osodeke, the union tried to avoid the strike, but the Federal Government of Nigeria is unresponsive to the union’s demands.
“We don’t like to see our students at home; we don’t want our academic calendars disrupted, but our demands are not met.
“We invite all lovers of education to join our struggle for a greater Nigeria. Nigerian politicians keep proliferating educational institutions without prioritising education.
“ASUU will not relent in its historic responsibility of advocating for an improved university system,” Prof. Osodeke affirms.
ASUU has reiterated that if their demands are not met after the four weeks warning strike, the union will embark on a nationwide indefinite strike.