ASUU hints at nationwide indefinite strike

 

Once again, Nigeria’s academia, the citadel of knowledge, may soon face a hiccup following resolution by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to order is members nationwide out of the classrooms, for an indeterminate period.

The lecturers held their meeting at the University of Abuja from Friday, after which they reportedly directed their members nationwide to stay away from classes, or indeed any form of academic activity.

According to ASUU President, Biodun Ogunyemi, said all means of negotiation had been explored before the decision on an indefinite strike was reached.

The Union is expected to address a press conference in Abuja today, after which a statement will be issued to commence the industrial action.

ASUU had earlier asked its branches to conduct referendum among members on whether or not an indefinite strike should be called.

The Abuja meeting which ended in the early hours of Monday reviewed the overwhelming position of the branches to proceed on the strike and adopted it.

The lecturers have complained of poor funding of universities, part-payment of salaries of lecturers and the kidnap of two of their colleagues from the University of Maiduguri by Boko Haram insurgents.

 

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