ASUU: Unical joins other Universities on indefinite strike as 500 members support total strike

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University of Calabar (Unical) has joined its counterpart in a nationwide strike action.

Daily Post visited the University on Monday and observed that members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) had abandoned classes while students were seen roaming the streets in the University.

Sources hinted our correspondent that at the meeting of the Union's congress held on Thursday, about 500 people who attended the congress voted in support of a total strike and 22 voted for two weeks warning strike, while nine against no strike.

However, a Strike Bulletin No.1 signed and issued by Ogunyemi, ASUU said the strike action was to be total, comprehensive and indefinite action whereby no form of academic activities including teaching, attendance of any meeting, conduct and supervision of any examination at any level, supervision of project or thesis at any level should take place at any of the nation's universities.

The union recalled that it had to embark on a six month strike between July and December 2013 and the strike was suspended when government signed an MoU with the union. "Of all the items contained in the MoU, only N200bn out of a total of N1.3tr of the Public Universities Revitalisation (Needs Assessment) fund was released.

"The union also embarked on a one week warning strike in November 2016 to press for the implementation of 2013 MoU. However government did not implement the understanding reach between the union and Federal Government base on the intervention by the leadership of Senate of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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