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Monday, 14 August 2017

ASUU STRIKES STOPS EXAMS IN UI, ABU.....

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in Nigeria has declared an indefinite nationwide strike in response to the federal government’s failure to fulfill the 2009 agreement it reached with the union.
The ASUU President, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, at a press briefing in Abuja Monday, said the decision to embark on the industrial action was taken at its emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held on August 12, 2017.
Ogunyemi said the industrial action actually took effect from Sunday, August 13, during which there will be no academic activities in all the government-owned tertiary institutions across the country.
He stressed that the move is to ensure a better future for the university system in the country and the overall educational development.
According to him, the strike is a “genuine move to transform Nigeria into an economically viable and politically stable country and must begin with a firm commitment to an all round transformation of the country’s education”.
The national body of ASUU had last week Thursday directed all its chapters in public universities to conduct a referendum on whether to resume its suspended strike or not. In the referendum, the union asked members to decide whether to proceed on a two-week warning strike, one-month warning strike, no strike or total and indefinite strike, peraventure the Federal Government failed to satisfactorily address its concerns by Friday August 11, 2017.
Daily Sun gathered that the results of the referendum conducted in all the public universities were collated and sent to the headquarters of the union in Abuja for a final decision.
The outcome of the referendum is the ongoing strike. The academic staff in the institution reportedly voted in favour of the strike at its referendum. The notice of strike was passed to the union’s members on Monday morning.
Omole vowed that full enforcement of the strike would begin today in compliance with the directives of national body of the union.
Daily Sun gathered that students in the Department of Psychology, who were to begin their examinations on Monday could not because of the strike. Also, examinations could not begin at the Faculty of the Social Sciences.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of ASUU, Dr. Deji Omole, on Monday, sent a mail to the Vice Chancellor, Prof Idowu Olayinka, to officially notify him on the strike.
The mail read in part: “We therefore write to inform you that the observance of the strike will include: No teaching, no examination, no supervision, no attendance of the statutory meetings of any kind and other academic matters. In line with the national directive of the union, our members will henceforth withdraw their services till the end of the strike.”

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