The branch chairman of Academic Staff Union of Universities in University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN-ASUU) Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Abada has announced that UNN has joined the nationwide strike declared by the national body over the “non implementation of FG-ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA) it entered with Federal Government”.
Abada while briefing newsmen Wednesday in his office said both campuses of the UNN has aligned with the national body to proceed on indefinite strike.
He said the UNN branch reached the agreement following Tuesday’s congress it held adding that the strike action covers both Nsukka and Enugu campuses of University of Nigeria.
“Lecturers in UNN and UNEC have joined the indefinite nationwide strike declared by the national body of ASUU during its executive meeting in Akure.
“We decided to join the indefinite strike after our congress on Tuesday at the Nsukka main campus. We also went to UNEC to do the same. Our members have been directed to proceed on indefinite strike, “he said.
He stressed that the strike is total and comprehensive adding that lecturers are not expected to attend classes or perform any academic activities until the strike was suspended.
“We have set up monitoring teams in the campuses to ensure total compliance.
“The strike is total and comprehensive until Federal government meets ASUU demands,” he said.
Abada listed some of the reasons ASUU embarked on the nationwide strike action to include: government poor funding of public universities, attempt to commercialize public universities, failure to pay lecturers earned allowance and inability of government to implement some of the agreements reached with ASUU especially that of 2009 agreement.
“Nigeria is naturally endowed to implement FGN-ASUU Memorandum of Action (MoA)”, he said.
Abada alleged that there is a calculated attempt by Federal Government to commercialize the nation’s education system.
“Government must discard its plan to commercialize our education system. We in ASUU believe that education should be properly funded and not commercialize”, he said.