ASUU strike: Academic activities paralysed in FUTA, AAUA

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As the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU embark on an indefinite strike, academic activities across public universities in Ondo state have been paralysed.

A visit by SUNSHINE HERALD to the Federal University of Technology Akure, FUTA showed that the school has fully complied with the directive of the national body of ASUU to lay down their tools.

The branch chairman of ASUU in FUTA, Dr Oladipo Oniya said the members of the academic staff of the institution have joined the strike over the non implementation of the 2009 agreement reached with the Federal Government after a congress held at the university campus.

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Oladipo said the shortage in payment of salary to staff due to the implementation of Treasury Single Account (TSA) by the Federal Government has made academic activities to be comatose in the country.

According to him, the strike action is total and no academic activities would take place in the institution until the national body of ASUU calls off the strike.

He said students should leave the campus as no lecturer would attend to them until another directive from the national body.

SUNSHINE HERALD noticed that students have started vacating their residents to return home until the strike is called off.

Similarly, the academic activities in the Ondo State owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA) have been paralyzed as the academic staff of the institution joined the industrial action.

In a press release signed by the chairman of the Union in the university which was made available to SUNSHINE HERALD, AAUA ASUU said it was joining the strike in obedience to the directive of the national body.

Part of the statement read: "Following the foregoing, the Congress meeting of ASUU-AAUA, in keeping with the principles of the Union to declare and suspend strike actions at Congress meetings, today, Tuesday 15th August, 2017, unequivocally resolved to FULLY comply with the directive of the National Executive Council (NEC) of our Union that all branches should embark on a total strike action."

Speaking on the current strike, Adewole Oluwafemi, a fresh graduate of AAUA from the department of English Studies said he could not blame ASUU seeing the strike as avoidable but inevitable.

He said "The strike has affected a lot of people in so many diverse ways. Many students became pregnant in the last strike because there is nothing they were doing as an idle hand is the devil's workshop."

He appealed to the Federal Government to look into the issue, and also to ASUU, to solve the issue half way and shift ground so that students can resume back to school.

In the view of Ologunowa Mofiyinfoluwa, a 200 level of Public Administration AAUA, she said the Federal Government ought to have met the demand long ago in order to prevent ASUU from embarking on strike all the time.

She said, "ASUU has been pressing for the same demand since 2009 and it is not suppose to be so."

She continued by saying students also need to be considered by ASUU because they will be the one at the receiving end.

"ASUU should also consider the students because it is we the students that would be on the receiving end. This strike is not good for us at all."

She advised both the Federal Government and ASUU to find a common ground to resolve the issue on time in order to let the students go back to their lecture rooms.

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