Are you the one grinding peppers at home? If yes, then buckle up, because it seems there is definitely more to come.

Well, It is no breaking news that the Academic Staff Union of Universities is observing an ongoing strike action. The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in February, declared one-month warning strike which was further extended, after all attempts to reach a consensus with the Federal government fell through.

Sadly, tertiary education has not been considered a major priority in this country and the subsequent industrial strike actions embarked by ASUU over the years is an evidence to backup this claim. A good number of students are now of the opinion that “formal education should be viewed as nothing but “a side hustle in this society”. Consequently, students are now channeling their energies into achieving their nonacademic goals

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Although, we honestly know that in present day Nigeria, obtaining a certificate is not a guarantee that one would secure a job, how would certificates even be obtained when the great Nigerian students are at home with little hope of quick resumption back to their institutions of study, due to the ongoing ASUU Strike?

The reasons below entails why the great Nigerian students may remain at home for a longer period of time than they might have actually wished for.

The Federal Government And ASUU Are Yet To Reach An Agreement As Regards The Cancellation Of The Ongoing Strike

After 56 days of strike, the news of a supposed meeting between the Federal Government and ASUU spread like wildfire. The news of the meeting, which was later postponed to the 12th of April, came as a ray of hope to many. Although Chris Ngige, the Federal Minister of Labour and Employment, reportedly meets with ASUU over ongoing strike, the FG and ASUU have not reached a concrete resolution so far, as such, it would be advised to not place your hopes too high.

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ASUU Has Insisted On No Resumption Until All Demands Are Met

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has insisted that there will be no opening of public universities until all of their demands, tabled to federal government, are meet with immediate effect. ASUU’s major demands includes, the fulfillment of the renegotiated agreement that was signed in 2009 with some previous government delegations, as well as, the implementation of the University Transparency Accountability Solution UTAS, as the new payment method for the members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities in replacement of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS).

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According to the union, if the FG fails to meet their demands, the strike action would be extended, with the addition of 8 weeks.

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