ASUU Declares One Month Roll Over Strike

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BY TEMI OKAKWE, ABUJA – The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday, February 14, 2022 declared a one month total and “roll-over” strike.

President of the Union, Prof Emmanuel Osodeke, who announced this while briefing Journalists on issues of implementation of re-negotiated MOU between the Federal Government and ASUU, said the National Executive Council (NEC) of ASUU voted in favour of the strike on Monday morning, at a meeting that lasted several hours in Lagos State.

Prof. Osodeke said the declared industrial action is called a roll-over strike, adding that it will be for only 4weeks and if at the end of the one month, the Union is not called for discussion, it would be rolled over.

In the words of Prof Osodeke; “We call this strike a roll over if at the end of this one month and if nothing happens we roll over.

“The government knows why we have embarked on this strike. There is an agreement, the MOU we signed should be implemented. If the government should implement the agreements tomorrow, we will call the strike off immediately,” he assured.

Speaking on the major request to call off the newly declared strike, Prof Osodeke said the federal government’s refusal to sign the re-negotiated agreement necessitated the strike.

He also said that the refusal of the government to implement the use of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS) payroll software was another major reason the members voted in favor of the strike

According to him; “UTAS is the main platform for the payment of ASUU members’ salaries is also part of the two critical reasons the Union has embarked on strike.

“These are the two critical reasons our members are requesting that must be addressed”.

The ASUU President confirmed that the UTAS platform has passed the government test adding that the Union was surprised why it is yet to be implemented.

Osodeke however said that the Union is ready to honor any invite to resolve the pending issues, adding that a committee has already been formed to ensure total compliance.

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