The Academic Staff Union of Universities has extended its ongoing strike, after a series of serious discussions.

This development follows the National Executive Council meeting at the headquarters of the union at the University of Abuja on Monday.

Prior to the extension and meeting, ASUU declared the commencement of a strike on Monday, February 14, 2022, at the University of Lagos.

While speaking in an interview with The PUNCH, the spokesperson for the Federal Ministry of Education, Ben Goong, revealed that the government had taken all possible steps to end the strike.

In his words, “As regards the next steps, the government has already inaugurated a committee to harmonise the IPPIS, UTAS, and UP3. This will ensure that the government will pay with only one payment platform that will harmonise all the technical peculiarities.

“If you bring some demands and almost 80% have been attended to, there is no need to drag the strike anymore.

“It is unreasonable for the strike to be lingering seeing as the government has worked towards fulfilling most of the demands.”