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News - South South - Cross River Updated: December 06, 2022

ASUU: Why We Chose Protests Over Strike — Union

By Deborah Oyewole
December 06, 2022
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has decided to continue protesting the withheld salaries by the Federal Government rather than embark on another industrial action.

ASUU made this decision after a long meeting by the union's National Executive Council (NEC) held on Monday at the University of Calabar, Cross River State.

According to a source who spoke to Vanguard, the NEC made the decision to show Nigerians that the union had "given the government a long rope."

The source added that while the protests are on, ASUU would continue to communicate with stakeholders on the solution to the issue between the union and the federal government.  

“The National President will officially come out with the communique of the meeting. But we considered reports from branches regarding our nationwide protests and we are glad with what we got.

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"It was agreed that the protests should continue, we need to let Nigerian people see that we have really given the government a long rope.

“Some prominent Nigerians and different groups have been on the matter. Seeking the way out, we also want to give the people more time to intervene too.

"At least at the end of the day, if we are pushed to the wall, whatever we decide to do, everybody will see that we have tried and endured enough,” the source said.

The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and the National Industrial Court of Nigeria in Abuja intervened in the union's strike which lasted eight months. 

Following the suspension of the strike, the federal government paid the lecturers half salary for October but paid them in full for November.

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The government has however refused to pay members of ASUU for the eight months for which they were out of lecture rooms in line with the 'no work no pay' policy. 

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Deborah Oyewole

A graduate of English Langauge with a passion for writing and editing. Ardent researcher and metic...

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