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Poor compliance on SSANU, NASU strike, students grumble

By Ujunwa Atueyi, Ngozi Adobi, Ahmed Khalilah, Mustapha Alabede and Somto Bisina
22 August 2019   |   4:14 am
The warning strike by members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) has witnessed inconsistency...


The warning strike by members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities, (SSANU) and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) has witnessed inconsistency in compliance, as academic activities are still ongoing in some universities across the country.

The unions, last Monday, began the warning strike after a 14-day ultimatum given to Federal Government lapsed.

The leadership of the union through a letter dated August 16, and jointly signed by the duo of the National President of SSANU, Mr. Samson Ugwoke and General Secretary of NASU, Mr. Peters Adeyemi, directed their members to proceed on the action.

While the strike lasts, they instructed that no form of concession or internal arrangement should be made with management.

The letter also called on members to stay away from their duty posts.

However, when The Guardian visited some institutions in the country to ascertain level of compliance, it discovered that academic activities were still going on in some schools.

Compliance at the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU) was uncertain as the students are billed to resume on August 26, 2019, for second semester academic activities.

At the University of Benin (UNIBEN), Benin City, there is total compliance as the workers shutdown power on campus, thereby leaving students to study and sleep in murkiness.

Two students from the departments of Fine Art Education and the English and Literary Studies, who spoke to The Guardian, lamented that academic activities are on hold and even porters were absent and there was no power supply on campus.

Another students said there was no light on campus before the strike, adding that the action has worsened the situation in the institution’s main campus.

“We have foodstuffs, but we don’t have water to cook them, our electronic gadgets are down, we don’t have light to power them.”

At Imo state university, a year one student of Economics said academic activities are going on smoothly as lecturers attend classes and deliver lectures to students. “We are still receiving lecture here, lecturers still attend classes. I won’t be glad if the school go on strike because it is go to affect the scheme of work.”

A student in the department of statistics of Federal University of Agriculture, Abeokuta, said they are still receiving lectures in school.

At Lagos State University (LASU), students who had computer based exams on Tuesday could not write the examination as the attendants (NASU members) turned off the power generating sets.

Meanwhile, at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), laboratories were closed and this hindered Electrical and Electronic Engineering students from having their practical sessions.