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#Strike: More Varsities Reopen As Nigerians Await Outcome Of ASUU NEC Meeting

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More public universities have shunned the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Univeristies (ASUU), ordering students and lecturers to resume for full academic activities.

Recall that the ongoing ASUU strike started on February 14 and earlier this month, extended for another four weeks that would terminate today, Monday, August 29, 2022.

The union is demanding the release of revitalisation funds for universities, renegotiation of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement, release of earned allowances for university lecturers, and deployment of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS).

Following a meeting with the union two weeks ago, the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu said every demand of the union has been met, except that its members won’t receive arrears of the strike period.

The union has also insisted on not calling off the lingering strike until the arrears are settled.

As the strike lingers, some universities have, however, backed off and resumed academic sessions, especially state-owned universities.

The Management of Osun State University (Uniosun), a few months into the strike, declared that the school has no intention of joining industrial action and thereby asked students to resume its rain semester.

The Kaduna State University (KASU) management last month backed off from the strike action after governor Nasir el-Rufai, had threatened to sack the lecturers if they failed to resume classes because they had no dispute with the state government.

The Ekiti State University (EKSU) is the latest university that has ordered old and fresh students to resume learning today.

The Registrar of the University, Mr. Ife Oluwole, in a statement said stakeholders in the university, met to review the situation.

He said they noted the socio- economic effects of the current strike embarked upon by the staff unions in the university on other stakeholders (parents, students, alumni and staff).

The registrar noted that participants at the meeting deliberated extensively on the matter and resolved that in the interest of the teeming population of students, their parents and the survival of the university, it has become imperative for all members of staff currently on strike at the university to resume normal activities today.

Meanwhile, Nigerians are awaiting the outcome of the ASUU National Executive Council (NEC) meeting.

The NEC meeting slated for Sunday night/Monday morning will decide on whether the union would continue the strike that has left most public universities in the country under lock and key.

However, a reliable source within the union said that barring any last-minute change of mind, the union would continue the industrial action.

A fresh student of Management Studies at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Maryam Popoola, who spent a few days of resumption before the commencement of the strike 199 days ago, pleaded with the government and union for a truce to allow her and others to go back to school.

“I have prayed over this strike and I am trusting that Allah will answer my prayers. You have always encouraged me that the strike will be called-off months and months, I hope the end of the strike is today,” she told Headlinenews.news correspondent.

At the Akoka main campus of the University of Lagos (UNILAG), a food seller and shuttle bus operator, told Daily Independent lamented the effects of the strike on their businesses and life generally within the campus and surrounding neighbourhoods.

The food seller, Ann Egbuna, who runs two shops within and off campus said she had been recording losses due to low patronage.

Waheed Shittu on his part said; May almighty God touches their heart and soul and let the strike be called off, because this government they’re fighting with doesn’t care nor have anything for us. Because the sitting president when he was not in power nor of his children attend any Nigeria University, talkless of now that he is in charge of everything, ASSU should please kindly consider the future of their own and our children.

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