The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared Monday, February 7, 2022, as a lecture-free day.
This is as it urged its chapters across the country to use the opportunity to sensitise members of the public on the situation between the union and the Federal Government.
The National President of the Union, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed this in an interview with Sunday Punch.
The paper reports that the directive to the chapters of ASUU comes less than a week after President Muhammadu Buhari pledged the commitment of his administration to fulfilling the agreement with the union.
Buhari made the promise when members of the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council visited him to discuss the lingering issues.
Buhari had while making the pledge, pleaded with the union to exercise patience and consider current economic realities.
The last national strike by ASUU was in March 2020 and it lasted till December 2020, when a Memorandum of Action was signed.
However, a year after signing the MoA, ASUU accused the government of failing to fulfill its side of the bargain and threatened to mobilise for another strike immediately.
The government quickly moved to pay N55bn as part-payment for the Earned Academic Allowance and Revitalisation Fund, but the union was unmoved until the Nigeria Inter-Religious Council and other dignitaries waded in.
Prof Osodeke clarified that the union had not yet declared a strike but would be sensitising the public, which includes the media, on the state of affairs between the union and the Federal Government.
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