Welcome to HausaToday compilation of the latest news on the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) strike for today, 23rd July 2022.
HausaToday reports that universities lecturers have been on strike since February 14, 2022 over unresolved issues with the federal government.
After a long period of shying from its avowed objectives of promoting and protecting the interests of its members and affiliates, the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) let out a flicker of “Aluta!” when it issued a notice of a nationwide protest over the lingering strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other unions in Nigeria’s public university sector. While NLC stayed aloof and played possum, it was right to ask of the utility of a congress whose favourite refrain is “solidarity forever” yet couldn’t fraternize with distressed comrades forced to down tools for five months running. With the due date of the two-day protest inching closer, the Federal Government has since entered panic mode, apparently using all manners of tricks to dissuade the umbrella body of workers in the country from defending public universities. We cannot but question why the labour congress waited till this time to protest against the government’s careless treatment of ASUU and other unions in the tertiary education sector. Ordinarily, organized labour should be citizens’ voice against marginalization, poor economic policies that are perceived to bring hardship upon the people, oppression, or welfare of workers and others. Unfortunately, NLC had been playing possum on these noble roles.
The federal government of Nigeria has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off its strike and return to the classroom.
The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu made the appeal on Thursday in Abuja during the 2022 policy meeting on admissions to tertiary institutions in Nigeria.
Adamu appealed to ASUU and all other labour unions in the public tertiary institutions to consider the future of the students and allow dialogue to be fruitful.
He stated that the government is yearning for a stable academic calendar but needs the cooperation of the unions to make it work.