Academic activities have been grounded at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA),and Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko(AAUA) following the decision of the local branches of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to join the industrial action embarked upon by the national body.
The Chairman of FUTA branch of ASUU, Dr Bola Oniya after a congress held at the university campus said they decided to join the strike over the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement reached with the Federal Government.
Oniya 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 gone into comatose in the country.
He advised students to leave the campus as no lecturer would attend to them until another directive comes from the national body.
This development made students of the institution to vacate their hostels while those living outside the school were seeing leaving their houses.
It also led to the hike in price of transportation especially Akure to Ibadan and Lagos as a result of large number of students travelling home.
Similarly, the academic activities in AAUA have been paralyzed after ASUU members joined the industrial action.
Some of the students billed to participate in a special 'make up exams' had their hopes dashed.
The Chairman of ASUU in the institution, Dr Sola Fayose said they have complied with the directive of the national body of the union to embark on the strike
He said: " Yes ,ASUU AAUA has joined the strike as directed by the national office. It is going to be total and a comprehensive action. We advise our students to leave campus." Fayose said