It came as a surprise when the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU strike was extended by four weeks, after lengthily discussing the matter at their Union’s meeting in Abuja on Monday.
The reason for not suspending the industrial action after several months is because, according to a newspaper report, the National Leadership of ASUU meeting with the Federal Government was inconclusive.
The union revealed details of their interactions and submissions to the Prof. Nimi Briggs Committee installed by the Government to rework the 2009 Agreement among stakeholders involved in the dialogue.
However, the union concluded that there is no encouragement on the part of the Federal Government, and no serious commitment, which means the ASUU Strike would get four weeks extension.
For the above reason, the National Executive Committee, NEC, would not think of ending or suspending the industrial action.
To date, the group stated that they cannot pinpoint any core acceptable and convincing proposal from the government to stand as leverage to end the strike.
The report on their meeting containing agreements, resolutions and recommendations to address the ongoing action was scrapped and declared invalid by the authorities, which means the strike continues.