Nigeria: NASU Begins Nationwide Strike

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Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU)

Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU)

Yobe — The Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU) Wednesday embarked on one-week warning strike over the non-implementation of the agreement reached with the Federal Government in 2009.

The strike, which also involves the Senior Staff Assignation of Nigeria University (SSANU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), has grounded activities in most of the universities across the country.

In the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria, the non-teaching staff deserted their offices in the departments, faculties, centres and Senate building. Lecture rooms, threatres and laboratories were all closed.

Speaking with our correspondent, the chairman of SSANU, ABU chapter, Mallam Alfa Gimba, said the one-week warning strike in ABU was enjoying the support of SSANU, NAAT and NASU.

“The federal government has refused to respect some aspects of agreement we reached with them in 2009. This includes inadequate funding of universities, 65 years retirement age and other serious clauses of the agreement. This was why the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the three unions declared the 7-day warning strike. As you can see ABU is virtually shut down as almost everywhere is under lock and keys,” Mallam Gimba said.

SSANU chairman, Anambra State University chapter Vin Asoewgu alleged that despite efforts of the Joint Action Committee of the three unions to discuss with authorities concerned, the government had not responded.

He urged government to address all contentious issues to avert an indefinite strike.

The chairman of the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the Olabisi Onabanjo University (OOU), Ago Iwoye, Ogun State, Comrade Ramon said all the non- academic bodies in the institution, which include the SSANU, the

NAAT and NASU with a total of about 600 members, had joined in the strike.

It was the same scenario at the Federal University of Technology, Akure(FUTA) as NASU members deserted their offices yesterday. Public Relations Officer of the institution Mr. Omololu Adegbenro who spoke with Daily Trust, said, “Though our students are on break, the strike still affects activities of the institution, it is a national issue, it is not peculiar to our institution”.

However, the situation was quite different at the Adekunle Ajasin University Akungba Akoko(AAUA) as the strike did not affect its academic activities. Public Relations Officer of the institution said, “The strike is on, and does not affect anything. Lectures are ongoing”

NASU members at Bukar Abba Ibrahim University (BAIU), Damaturu also joined the strike as confirmed by the institution’s Vice chancellor, Professor Musa Alabe.



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