Non ASUU Strike Grounds Academic Activities in UI

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By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan.
Academic and administrative activities were paralyzed at the University of Ibadan on Monday as striking members of the non-academic staff unions of the university put under lock and keyed all its entrance gates and administrative offices.
Unlike the situation at the commencement of the strike last week when the striking workers gives room for free traffic within the university, it was the other way round as the non academic workers disrupted students lectures, with both the students and lectures made to trek distance as a result of the barriers  erected on the roads.
New Nigerian gathered that the unions are asking the administration and the Institution’s Bursar to refund “all illegally deducted pension from their salaries”.
Also, the striking unions were asking for unpaid promotion arrears, shortfall in salary payment, welfare of staff school staff among other sundry issues.
Sources said all efforts by the Chairman of the University’s Governing council Dr Umar Mustapha and others at resolving the crisis failed as the unions turned down the appeal to  suspend the strike in order to meet other demands.
Sources close to the unions hinted that the leadership of the unions insisted that they were not persuaded by the explanations of the university regarding the “illegal deductions of pension funds after the original deductions had been made from Abuja”.

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