NIGERIAN VARSITIES TO LOSE SESSION AS LINGERING ASUU STRIKE ENTERS SEVENTH MONTH

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Nigerian public universities might lose a session as there seems to be no end in sight to the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) which is now seven-month-old.

Recall, that the ongoing ASUU strike which has grounded academic activities in public varsities in the country started on February 14, 2022, and entered the seventh month yesterday, September 14, 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).

A lecturer at the University of Lagos (UNILAG) who spoke in an interview said most universities have two sets of students ready to resume the academic session. T

 

“Those admitted in 2021 were meant to resume after the second-semester examination early this year but were halted due to the strike. Now, another set of students sat for UTME this year, waiting for admission processes.

 

 

“You know universities have been trying hard to recover from the COVID-19 lockdown, during which schools were shut, and now we have this prolonged ASUU strike. I really don’t know how this would be handled,” the lecturer, who pleaded anonymity, said.

 

Meanwhile, the federal government, through the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige has dragged the striking university lecturers before the National Industrial Court (NIC).

 

However, Justice Polycap Hamman, on Monday, September 12, 2022, adjourned the matter to enable both the Federal Government to file the necessary papers for the suit.

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