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UniAbuja ASUU says strike continues

The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), University of Abuja (UniAbuja), says the union will not call off the strike until all issues are addressed.…

The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), University of Abuja (UniAbuja), says the union will not call off the strike until all issues are addressed.

The branch Chairman, Dr Sylvanus Ugoh, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday in Abuja that the members were not working.

“Those against the strike may possibly be beneficiaries of what the union is fighting against.

“Any member found breaking the strike will be subjected to disciplinary procedure.”

According to him, 90 to 95 per cent of lecturers are on strike.

NAN reports that UniAbuja’s ASUU branch had on May 2 declared an indefinite strike to draw the attention of the school management to issues bordering the union.

One of the issues listed by the union was the University’s refusal to conduct elections for the office of the Deans of Faculties and Provost, College of Health Sciences.

The Union also accused the University of carrying out promotion of some members of staff without following due process.

Other reasons for the strike, according to the union, include: “Advertorial for the vacancy of the post of Vice Chancellor without following due process, among others.’’

The chairman said that ASUU as a body in the university had withdrawn the services of its members in the university.

“ASUU does not lock university, what ASUU did was to withdraw the services our members render to the university.

”What we are saying is that our members are not working,” he said.

On the issue of some lecturers indicating interest to lecture, he said that even in a national strike some would still want to go against the action.

However, Dr Habib Yakoob, the Acting Director, Information and University Relations, said the management was not aware of any strike.

Yakoob said that many lecturers have indicated an interest in lectures, adding that students were also prepared to receive lectures.

A NAN correspondent, who was at the university’s permanent site reports that students were seen on campus to resume their second-semester academic activities.

NAN also reports that as at the time of the visit, no academic activities were going on in the lecture halls.

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