NEWS: ASUU strike paralyses activities across varsities


ACADEMICS activities were, yesterday,
literally paralysed across universities in the
country as the one-week warning strike
embarked on by the Academic Staff Union
of Universities, ASUU entered its second day.
Lagos
At the University of Lagos, (UNILAG) and
Lagos State University, (LASU), there were
full compliance on the directives from ASUU,
as lecturers in both institutions boycotted
lectures.
Vanguard visits to the two campuses at
Akoka and Ojo revealed that both lecturers
and students were not in the classes, and
many students seized the opportunity of the
strike to travel home.
At UNILAG, some of the students were found
at the institution’s sport complex
engaging in sport activities, while few others
were studying under trees and in some class
rooms.
In Ogun , the situation was the same at
Olabisi Onabanjo University, Ago-
Iwoye, Federal University of Agriculture,
Abeokuta and Tai Solarin University of
Education, Ijebu-Ode as lecturers obeyed the
one-week warning strike by ASUU. Many
students were stranded as a result of the
failure of the lecturers in the universities to
resume work. At TASUED, students were
allowed into the premises, but did not
receive lectures. At OOU, most of the
students did not bother to go for lectures as
they were said to have been warned against
coming following the warning strike order.
For FUNAAB, the strike coincided with the
school’s one week lecture break, with many
students already staying away from the
campus to observe the lecture week break.
However, Vanguard gathered that few
students that wanted to enter the campus
were barred from entering by ASUU. Some
students who spoke with our correspondent
lamented that the strike would further
worsen their plight as they had suffered
from long breaks due to strikes and other
sundry issues in their various schools. A
student of FUNAAB who pleaded anonymity
said the school was planning to commence
exams next week and they were afraid that
the strike would jeopardise the exam.
Cross River : The usual bustling environment
in the University of Calabar was yesterday
desolate as the students stayed away from
school following the one week warning
strike by university lecturers. Not only were
students affected by the strike, the buses
and taxis that usually wait at the main gate
of the school to ferry students to the
various departments were not in their usual
positions while those in the hostels carried
students out of the school to the town.
Kindness Ojong, a Philosophy student told
Vanguard, “We were in the middle of the
examination before the strike started. We
hope when they resume they will help us
complete the examination before embarking
on total strike, if that will happen.”
Owerri: Academic activities in Imo State
University, IMSU, and Federal University of
Technology, FUTO, all in Owerri, have been
grounded as the popular lecture theatres
were empty. All the students who spoke to
Vanguard in the respective institutions,
appealed to government to dialogue with
ASUU and resolve the problems amicably. “I
am honestly sick and tired of the periodic
breaks in my school’s academic calendar.
Government should please dialogue with
ASUU and save us from this nagging
problem,” a female Sociology student
lamented.
Benue: ASUU, at both the Benue State
University, BSU and the Federal University of
Agriculture, Makurdi, FUAM, observed the
one week warning strike called by the Union.
During Vanguard’s visit, lecturers were not
seen in any of the classes, while leaders of
the aggrieved union were seen patrolling the
campuses to ensure strict enforcement.
Collective decision
Contacted, the branch chairman ASUU-BSU,
Dr. David Ikonni, said members had
complied with the directive of the national
body to down tools. Ikonni said, “yes we are
on a one week strike in line with our
collective decision in order to call the
attention of the government to its failure to
implement agreements reached way back in
2009.”
Enugu: The one-week warning strike
embarked upon by ASUU to press home their
demands for better remuneration and
enhanced academic environment, has
grounded universities in Enugu State. A
senior lecturer at the University of Nigeria,
Enugu Campus, UNEC, told our
correspondent, yesterday, that they were
informed about the strike “this morning.”
The senior lecturer who would not want his
name in print said the strike was overdue
because their demand has been neglected
for too long.
Niger State: At the Federal University of
Technology, Minna, Niger State, lecturers
observed the strike. When our correspondent
visited the Bosso temporary and Gidan
Kwanu permanent sites yesterday, both
students and lecturers were seen in the two
campuses but without lectures. Many of the
lecturers from our findings have stopped
coming for lectures since Tuesday, while
those who were seen in the two campuses
kept away from classes while the students
were also seen in groups discussing their
plight.
Kano: Academic Staff of Bayero University,
Kano, Kano State University and Northwest
University, Kano, have withdrawn from their
duty post as the warning strike entered day
two nationwide. Although, the three tertiary
institutions have just finished the
2015/2016 session, but the post graduate
students are billed to commence their
examinations, November 22. Reports across
the institutions confirmed that activities
were halted in most of the faculties and
departments as staff stayed away from their
offices. The week long warning strike has
raised apprehension among the 2015/2016
graduating students who are yet to complete
their projects as the temporary hiccups may
snowball to spill over.
Anambra: At Awka, the situation was the
same as academic activities were on hold at
government –owned universities and
Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University
owned by the Anambra state government.
Enugu: University of Nigeria, Nsukka, UNN,
also obeyed the one week strike as
academic activities were suspended on
campus.
The ASUU Chairman, UNN chapter, Dr
Ifeanyichukwu Abada ordered members of
the union to proceed on the warning strike.
Rivers: The strike was effective at the Rivers
State University of Science and
Technology, Port Harcourt as there were no
lecture for students.
However, a lecturer from University of Port
Harcourt who did not want his name in print
said the strike will not achieve anything
substantial because the Nigerian political
leadership had never been positively
responsive to agitation from the education
sectors.
Bayelsa: The usually busy campus of the
Bayelsa owned Niger Delta University
yesterday recorded lull in activities following
the decision of the institution chapter of
ASUU to join in the strike called by the
national body.
The strike action had crippled academic
activities at the institutions forcing the
students to leave for home.
Benin: The University of Benin (UNIBEN) and
the Edo State owned Ambrose Alli University
Ekpoma were not left out in compliance to
the ASUU directives as lecturers and
students vacated classrooms.
Though students were seen on campus but
the classes were under lock and key as
ASUU leaders in the university patrol the
classes to ensure compliance.
Gombe: It was also a full compliance from
the Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU), Gombe State University (GSU)
chapter.
The striking lecturers however called on the
Federal and state governments to take
advantage of the period and address the
issues that led to the strike in order to make
for free flow of the system.
Osun: At the University of Ibadan,some
students who were skeptical of the
effectiveness of the strike turned up for
lectures but they did not see any lecturer to
see them. Some of them were on the
football pitch and lawn tennis courts
playing.
Speaking with the ASUU-LASU Chair, Dr
Isaac Oyewunmi at the Union’s secretariat,
he reiterated that the seven days warning
strike will be total, adding, ‘’if the Federal
Government fails to accede to ASUU
demands within this seven days warning
strike, we shall have no option than to
proceed on definite strike.
He said that several moves made by ASUU
to reach the Federal Government through
the Minister of Education to address the
lingering Federal Government /ASUU 2009
Agreement proved abortive. “Thus far as
you can see, the ASUU-LASU chapter has
fully complied to observe  the warning
strike,” the said.
He said: ‘’Its unfounded that the enormity of
the implications of the economic recession
can push people to say all sort of things,
but the truth is that ASUU can not be part
of this government.
‘’I did not appoint the government, but if
you ask of my opinion regarding education, I
will say, we are next to no other nation.
‘’If our budget allocation to education is still
6%, as a stakeholders in a university, I am
more than disappointed.
‘’We are on warning strike, we are neither
here nor there.
Before we got to this point, we had tarried
for slightly over a year to reach out to the
government to avert this strike. We have
written close to 30 letters and had dialogued
with a ghost government.
‘’We had struggled to pin down the minister,
but you wont find him, we had struggled
with the Senate ,House of Assembly, you
wont find them. They have no time for the
business of the country they run.’’

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