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Industrial disputes still the sing-song for tertiary institutions

By Maria Diamond
28 December 2019   |   3:44 am
Nigerian tertiary institutions have had their share of industrial disputes this year, beginning with a double strike action in January by the Academic Staff Union of Universities...

Nigerian tertiary institutions have had their share of industrial disputes this year, beginning with a double strike action in January by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics (ASUP).

On February 12, 2019, ASUP suspended its two-month-old strike, but warned that it would not hesitate to resume the suspended strike action should the government fail to review the Memorandum of Action (MoA) and ensure full implementation before the end of May 2019.

The union’s National President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, while calling off the strike, said that the union had reached a new agreement with the Federal Government. He, however, warned that if the new Memorandum of Action (MoA) were not met, the union would resume strike.

The following institutions with affiliations to ASUU were on strike at one point or the other in 2019: Kogi State University (KSU), Benue State University, University of Ibadan, University of Lagos, Osun State University, Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), Adekunle Ajasin University, University of Calabar, and Cross River University of Technology (CRUTECH).

Others include Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University (UMYU), Katsina; Federal University of Technology, Minna; University of Benin, University of Abuja, Ebonyi State University (EBSU), Rivers State University, Port-Harcourt; The Niger Delta University, Amassoma; The Federal University, Otuoke; University of Port Harcourt, Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti; University of Uyo, Akwa-Ibom State; Usman Danfodiyo University, Sokoto State University, Federal University Gusau, Zamfara State; Federal University Birnin Kebbi, Kebbi State and Bayero University, Kano.

However, certain institutions in the country like the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), Osun State Polytechnic, Osun State College of Technology Esa-Oke, Yaba College of Technology, Federal Polytechnic Ilaro, Federal Polytechnic Ado-Ekiti, Kwara State University and Obafemi Awolowo University have built reputations for not joining industrial strikes except when it directly affected them.