By; BAYO AKAMO, Ibadan
Academic activities were on Wednesday paralysed at the University of Ibadan, Ladoke Akintola University and other universities
It was learnt that at the end of their various congresses presided over by their ASUU Chairmen,Professors Ayo Akiwole (UI), Olaniran Abiodun (LAUTECH) and Moyosore Ajao (UNILORIN), the union ended with the activation of strike monitoring committees to ensure that all members obey the directive of the Union.
Professors Ayo Akinwole, Abiodun Olaniran and Moyosore Ajao while commenting on the strike said it was as a result of the fact that the union can no longer subject the welfare of her members to evasive tactics of the federal government.
Emphasizing that ASUU was pained by the warning strike, the union Chairmen maintained thatthe Union felt that rather than going full blown strike, it should, in the interest of the students embark on the one-month warning strike to see if government would have done the needful .
The ASUU leaders stressed that failure by the Federal government to do the needful will ultimately leave the lecturers with no choice than embark on indefinite strike.
According to the chairman University of Ibadan Chapter, Professor Ayo Akinwole, the demands of the Union include signing of renegotiated agreements which bother on the salaries and conditions of service of lecturers, mainstreaming of earned academic allowances and releasing of white paper report on federal government visitation panel among others.
They pointed out that the strike monitoring team will ensure total compliance, saying, “our members feel the pain and have showed commitment to the struggle. They know it is for us to fight for our destinies and be better treated after staying on the same conditions of service for thirteen years despite the hardship in the country”.
” The same lecturers who are giving second to nothing still struggle to put the name of Nigeria on global ranking of universities despite poor investment in education by the federal government. We have reached a point when we are saying treat us well, give us a new welfare system and sound conditions of service so that our members can live good lives and enjoy the fruit of their labour.”
At the university of Ibadan, lecture rooms in Faculties of Arts, The Social Sciences, Science among others were opened but empty as lecturers made good their threat withdrawing their services from classrooms while students were seeing doing paper documentation with non-teaching staff and discussing the strike in groups.Throughout the period, supervision of students will also be affected..