UPDATED: ASUU extends strike by 12 weeks

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has announced the extension of its three-month prolonged strike by an additional three months.

This announcement was made on Monday morning by the union’s president, Emmanuel Osodeke, at the ASUU headquarters in University of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital territory.

According to the union, the basic requirement for the suspension of the industrial action will be the replacement of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) with the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) for the payment of its members salaries and other entitlements.

The union also added that the implementation of the agreement already concluded with the Munzali Jibril-led renegotiation Committee should be implemented without delay.

ASUU has consistently condemned what it described as the failure of the government to meet its demands.

But the government has said it would not approve UTAS until all identified loopholes are fixed.

The government also said the renegotiated referenced agreement by ASUU was not signed by any of the two parties, and set up another renegotiation committee under the leadership of Nimi Briggs, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology and a former vice-chancellor.

Abdullahi Sanni

Abdullahi Sanni is a senior news reporter at SHO PEN ONLINE. He is a passionate writer with core interest in Politics, sports and economy reports. Abdullahi who studied mass communication at Kwara state polytechnic in Ilorin, is the 1st of six in his family. He's a multimedia journalist who has traveled far and wide in the course of his journalism career.

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