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SSANU, NASU warning strike paralyses activities in nation’s varsities

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The five-day warning strike embarked upon by Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities and the None Academic Staff of Universities (NASU) yesterday paralysed major activities at the nation’s ivory towers.

At Nigeria’s premier University of Ibadan (UI), the workers complied with the directive of the national bodies, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of none teaching staff at the university said the action was aimed at making the Federal Government to accede to their demands.

Union leaders locked up the three entrance gates as early as 7am at UI, denying people and vehicular access, but the university’s central gate was however, partially locked about 8am.

While vehicular movement was restricted, students trekked to receive lectures while administrative activities were paralysed.The Institution’s gate was still locked at 4pm causing traffic snarl both within and outside the university in the industrial action jointly executed by Chairman of SSANU, Wale Akinremi and his NASU counterpart, Malaki Etim.

They explained that the unions were demanding payment of a minimum of N30 billion to defray earned allowances between 2012 and 2016, among other demands.At the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, the unions also participated in the nationwide warning strike embarked upon by the association.

SSANU Chairman, Ademola Oketunde, said the unions had to comply with the JAC Chairman, Samson Ugwoke’s directive to participate in the industrial action.He noted that the strike was intended to register their grievances with the Federal Government, following its failure to meet their demands and the need to do the needful.

Besides, the University of Benin Chapter commenced a five-day industrial action.When The Guardian visited the Ugbowo and Ekenwan campuses, the main entrance gates were partially closed to traffic, while other access gates were closed.

At the Cross River State University of Technology (CRUTECH) and University of Calabar, the unions joined their counterparts on the warning over Federal Government’s failure to grant their demands.CRUTECH NASU Secretary, Eno Ekweboma, said the action came as a directive from the National Headquarter to embark on the warning strike.

But the situation was different at the Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RUST), Port Harcourt, as the unions declined to join the warning strike yesterday.NASU chairman, Bari Jonah, said the decision was predicated on the fact that the executive did not receive any directive from the national leadership on the strike.

Meanwhile, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Akure Zone, has accused the Federal Government of alleged compromise over allegations of illegal promotions and arbitrary sack of staff members at the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE). It alleged that some academic staff members of the university were receiving double salaries, while others were given undue accelerated promotions by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Kayode Soremekun, without following due process.

But Soremekun debunked the allegations, saying promotions and recruitments so far done by management were ratified by the university’s Governing Council, describing the claims as coming from those who have little knowledge about the operations of the university.However, ASUU Chairmen from universities in Akure zone, led by the Zonal Chairman, Professor Olu-Olu Olufayo, said at a media briefing that the Federal Government should set up a visitation panel to probe the allegations against the Vice Chancellor, if truly it was committed to the fight against graft.


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