Five days after the Academic Staff Union of Universities began indefinite strike; GRENNEWSNG.COM learnt that the impact of the action has lead to the total shut down of academic activities in most public universities in the country.
ASUU had on Sunday, November 3, called its members across government- owned universities in the nation to embark on an indefinite job boycott over non-implementation of the 2009 Federal Government/ ASUU Agreement and the Memorandum of Action (MoA).
It was gathered that most universities had since joined the strike, which they tagged: “total, comprehensive and indefinite.”
From OAU to UNIOSUN, UI to UNIBEN, FUTO to UNIJOS, EKSU to FUNAAB, UNIMAID to IBBU the case of nonacademic activity is the same.
Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife and Osun State University (UNIOSUN), Osogbo, academic activities have been laid to rest.
Similarly, at the University of Ibadan, and Ladoke Akintola University of Technology, Ogbomoso, students were complaining about loses recorded so far.
It was learnt that the management of the University of Benin had directed its members to comply totally with the nationwide strike, insisting that there was no going back on the action by the chapter.
Prof. Julius Iyasele, Chairman of ASUU-UNIBEN said “members of the academic body, at the end of their Congress on Tuesday, resolved to join the strike in line with the directive of the National Executive Committee”.
Students, who were supposed to defend their projects and other academic works, had been suspended as a result of the strike.
ASUU strike also grounded academic activities at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri, with the chapter accused the Federal Government of sabotaging education.
It resolved that there will be “no teaching, no examination, no attendance to statutory meetings” until its demands were met by the Federal Government.
Christopher Echereobia, Chairman-FUTO had, at a press conference said that the strike would have been avoided if not for the Federal Government that is steeped in double standards.
At the University of Jos and Plateau State University, Bokkos, academic staff members were asked to adhere to the directive of the national body, consequently putting academic work on hold.
Addressing newsmen, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, UNIJOS ASUU Chairam disclosed that strong mechanism had been put in place to ensure strict compliance to the strike.
Ekiti State University was under lock and key in compliance with the strike action; its ASUU Chairman, Prof. Olu Olufayo said “ASUU in our zone has joined the strike since Sunday and it is still ongoing.”
Similarly, at the Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, the strike action is in full compliance with the in line with the directive of the national leadership of the ASUU.
At University of Uyo and the state-owned Akwa Ibom State University, lecturers have downed tools as it was observed that several lecturer offices were locked, while few students loiter around.
At the Akwa Ibom State University, Mkpat Enin, student are already feeling bored, a Professor of Mass Communication, Okon Bassey, urged government to be sincere in dealing with ASUU.
The Federal University of Technology, Minna and the state-owned Ibrahim Babangida University, Lapai are very much involved in the strike.
Dr. Sallau Lawal, Chairman of ASUU-IBBU said, “We joined the strike because after receiving the directives, we had to notify our members and acquaint them with the dos and don’ts of the strike, especially what is expected on them.”
Also the Chairman of ASUU-FUT, Minna, Dr. Ndanitsa Attahiru, said, “We have joined the strike since Tuesday by directing all our members to withdraw their services since the strike is total and indefinite,” he said.
“As you can see, we are just coming out of the meeting and our members have fully complied with strike and are in support of the action.” Dr. Dani Namman said.
At University of Lagos, the ASUU chapter led by Dr. Dele Ashiru, said the congress had declared for the strike.
At the Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko, there was total compliance to the strike said Chairman of the university’s ASUU, Dr. Fayose.
“It is a national strike and it will be total because we have agreed at our congress to abide with the declaration. As a union, we met on Monday afternoon to declare our support and to join the strike. What this means is that there is no academic activities on campus. It is going to be total and any of our members that violate the action would be sanctioned appropriately”.