ASUU Strike Gathers Momentum As UNN, ATBU, BSU, Joins Colleagues

Yemisi Izuora 

The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Wednesday joined the ongoing nationwide strike declared by the national body of the union. 

Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, UNN ASUU chapter’s chairman who briefed newsmen in Nsukka, said lecturers had withdrawn their services after ASUU-UNN congress held on Tuesday.

He said that academic activities have been paralysed at both the UNN and University of Nigeria Enugu Campus (UNEC) until further notice.

“Lecturers in UNN and UNEC have joined the indefinite nationwide strike declared by ASUU national body during the national executives meeting.

“On Tuesday, after holding a congress of the union in Nsukka Main Campus, we went to UNEC to do the same.

“Therefore, members have been briefed on reasons for the strike and were directed to proceed on indefinite strike till further notice,’’ he said.

He said the strike would be comprehensive as lecturers were not expected to teach, attend to any academic meetings or conferences in the university.

“We have set up a monitoring team both In Nsukka and Enugu campus to ensure total compliance as well as to ensure that defaulting members are punished.

“The strike is total and comprehensive until Federal government meets ASUU demands,” he said.

The chairman listed some of the reasons that made ASUU to embark on the strike to include, government poor funding of public universities and attempt to commercialise public universities.

He said that the inability of government to implement some of the agreements reached with ASUU especially that of 2009 was part of the reasons for the strike.

Similarly, the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University (ATBU) and Bauchi State University (BSU) Gadau chapters of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have joined the nationwide strike.

The Chairman of ATBU, Bauchi Chapter, Dr Adamu Babayo and the State University ASUU Chairman, Dr Kabir Hassan, disclosed this separately in Bauchi on Tuesday.

Babayo said the decision to join the strike came after their congress on Tuesday.

“We resolved to stop all academic activities in the institution until further directive is given by the ASUU national body.”

Babayo also said that all lecturers had been directed to stop the ongoing examinations.

“You know we came back from Akure on Monday. We are aware of the directives to go on strike, but we have to come back to our various institutions, hold meetings and convey the message to our members for them to comply and that was what we did.

“Our students wrote examinations even today in the morning. But that will be the last as we have informed all our members to comply with the directive and stop the conduct of examinations in the university.

However, lecturers at Lagos State University (LASU) have maintained partial compliance. While some lecturers made classroom appearances, some stayed away.

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