Students and parents of wards and children in the Nigerian Universities as in high hopes as they await reports and conclusions from the ASUU National Executive Council Committee that met yesterday at the University of Abuja.
The National Executive Council in Abuja met yesterday in an emergency meeting that was intended to ratify the ongoing ASUU strike and make a public declaration with regards to the next step on the ongoing ASUU strike that has kept the University students out of classes for almost 7 months.
ASUU in their several branches across the federation held their campus congresses and with the majority of the participating universities voted for the continuation of the ongoing strike. This is after the Minister for Education, Mallam Adamu Adamu had stated that the government would not be paying the salaries of the 6 months of strike that the lecturers have been out of class.
However, as efforts from relevant stakeholders intensify to see to the end of the ongoing strike, the Parents Teachers Association of Nigeria, PTAN proposed a 10,000 Naira support levy for the Universities to help ease the burden of the lecturers and even the government in running the universities. Although the striking lecturers rejected the proposals and said it’s not needed.
The decision of the NEC of ASUU will determine what will be the fate of the over 2 million students in the public universities during their academic sojourn in the 2021/2022 academic session. However, given the nature of the results from the branch conferences, there’s a very high probability that the strike might get an extension of not less than 4 weeks with recommendations for more negotiations between the Federal Government and the lecturers to ensue within this period.
Remember that ASUU declared a 4 weeks warning strike on 14th February 2022 that has since been rolled over on several occasions and has amounted to almost seven months out of classes for the students.