On Monday, across the country universities gave partial compliance to the nationwide indefinite strike called by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Sunday.
The National President of ASUU, professor Biodun Ogunyemi said that the union had embarked on the strike due to the failure of the Federal Government to implement the Memorandum of Action (MOA) it signed with ASUU.
However, on Monday in Taraba State University, Jalingo academic activities still continued regardless of the strike. This was checked and confirmed by one of our correspondents, who had visited the campus. Our correspondents revealed that lecturers were busy with classes and other academic activities.
The chairman of ASUU, Taraba State University chapter, Dr Samuel Shiikaa was contacted on the telephone and he explained that he was on his way to Jalingo after attending ASUU’s meeting in Akure, Ondo State where the decision to go on strike by ASUU took place. Dr Samuel Shiikaa said that the Taraba State University would join the strike.
He said, “I am still on my way to Jalingo from Akure where we held the meeting and the decision to embark on the strike was taken. We will hold our local congress hopefully tomorrow (Tuesday) to declare the strike; its a collective decision and we all are going to abide by it.”
Theophilus Akinde, Mohammed Sani, Ella Audu and some students lamented about the strike and appeal to the Federal Government to invite the union in other to discuss the way to prevent the negative effects of the strike.
Theophilus Akinde said, “Some departments are billed to start examination this month while undergraduates are supposed to start examination in January before the elections. With this strike now, we are not sure of when the session will end.”
On Monday, the Umaru Musa Yaradua University, Kastina State, could not take part or join the nationwide strike because they were awaiting the arrival of their leaders who attended the Akure meeting.
A union member who spoke to our correspondent about the condition of anonymity explained that “It is our leaders who went for the Akure meeting who will properly call another congress here where a referendum would be taken by members on whether to join the strike or not. As of now, we are still awaiting the arrival of our leaders who went to Akure and we wish them safe arrival. Until they are around, there is nothing we can do.”
The National President of ASUU, prof. Biodun Ogunyemi told our source on Monday that the ASUU strike was not in cooperation with the strike called by the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), emphasizing that even if the NLC calls off its strike, ASUU strike would go on.
Prof. Ogunyemi said, “ASUU has only resumed its strike action; it is not a fresh strike. It is the continuation of an action we suspended in September 2017, which means our action predated that of the NLC. We were forced to go back to it because it appears that the government is just dribbling us.”
“Weeks and months are rolling by and we don’t think ASUU is an organization you can just toy with, because this is about the future of Nigeria and Nigerian Children. So, we were forced to resume our strike action. It is not a solidarity strike. Our strike was there before the NLC issues came up.”