ASUU Strike Update: From the latest reports, students of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile Ife, have been thrown into dilemma after the school’s branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) held its congress on Tuesday.
Briefing journalists on campus after the congress, Adeola Egbedokun, the branch chairman of the union, reiterated the stance of the national body, that the strike is total.
“The strike is total. No teaching, no exam, no statutory functions. We are not doing anything except observation of the strike.” He, however, enjoined students of the institution to go home safely.
“We hereby tell our students that we love them and we don’t want to lose any of them at the cause of anything that may happen during the industrial action.”
However, some lecturers of the same university, under the banner, Congress of Nigerian Universities Academic (CONUA), vowed to continue the running of day to day activities in the school.
“We can’t generally be part of what we are not privy to. We were not taken into consideration, we were (not) approached on the issue. So, we can’t be part of the strike. Our members still respect statutory duties,” said Niyi Sunmonu, the chairman of CONUA.
Earlier: The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, has appealed to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to call off the ongoing nationwide strike. There was partial compliance by universities across the country on Monday with the nationwide strike called by the Academic Staff Union of Universities on Sunday. The national President of ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, had on Sunday night announced the union’s decision to go on an indefinite strike.
Checks by news correspondents, who visited some university campuses, revealed that lecturers were busy with classes and other academic activities in most schools as the strike did not take effect yesterday.
Adamu made the appeal on behalf of the Federal Government while addressing a news conference on Monday in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory.
“As the Minister of Education, I feel your pain; I share your concern and I am willing to go to any mile so that together we can change the narrative of this country for the better,” Adamu said. “I want to use this opportunity to appeal to ASUU to put off this strike in the name of the country, and in view of what the situation is.”
Earlier: According to renowned newspapers such as the Punch, the Academic Staff Union Of Universities (ASUU) has commenced an indefinite strike. Specifically, the union accused the government of not implementing the Memorandum of Action signed with it, declaring that the strike would be total as all federal and state varsities would join the strike.
This announcement was made after the National Executive Council meeting held at the Federal University of Technology, Akure, Ondo State on Sunday night. Briefing journalists after the NEC meeting, the National President of the ASUU, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi said all entreaties made to the Federal Government to honour the agreement with the union fell on deaf ears and they had no other alternative but to begin the strike action.
“This strike will be total, comprehensive and indefinite. Our members shall withdraw their services until government fully implements all outstanding issues as contained in the MOA of 2017, and concludes the renegotiation of the 2009 agreements.” He said.
Ogunyemi alleged that the government was not interested in public universities as the children of the top politicians and rich men in the society patronise private universities at the detriment of public universities.
NOTE: Some schools are usually split when it comes to ASUU strikes. In other words, even if some lecturers in your school join the strike, a few lecturers might still choose to give one or two lectures or assessments before classes get empty. So, do a thorough research or ask around in your school department or faculty and try to find out whether the strike will affect academic activities before you choose to return home or make a decision not to come back to school. We hope the Federal Government resolves things quickly with ASUU, so that academic activities can continue. All the best!