The five-day warning strike embarked upon by non-academic staff unions in the universities, yesterday, crippled activities in most institutions in the country, though the industrial action was yet to take off in some other institutions.
In University of Uyo, admission seekers were left stranded as the school management was forced to shift the screening exercise that was supposed to hold this week to next week.
Police and Department of State Security men yesterday manned the main gate of the University of Ibadan following the strike. Members of the unions in the school stated reinstatement of the sacked teachers of the staff schools in compliance with the court judgment and immediate review of the irregularities on the issue of earn allowance, renegotiation of our agreement with the federal government, among others as reasons for the strike while also confirming that if government doesn’t meet their demands at the end of the warning strike, a full blown strike is expected.
At the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, activities were completely paralyzed as the Joint Action Committee, JAC, comprising Non Academic Staff Union, NASU, and Senior Staff Association of Nigeria University, SSANU, of the institution shunned their duty posts. Doors of offices of the Registry and Bursary of the institution were under lock in the school.
The strike paralyzed academic activities at the Federal University of Technology, Owerri and Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi with members of the unions in the schools stating that the strike is meant to compel government to meet their demands.
At Obafemi Awolowo University, Ife, activities were also grounded by the ongoing strike. Although students of the institution were on holiday, other activities were totally grounded as members of both SSANU and NASU complied with the directive to shun their duty posts.
Similarly, Lagos State University, LASU, chapters of SSANU and NASU also embarked on a week-long warning strike. Students were still writing first semester exams unaware of strike. A visit to some faculties in LASU showed students in examination mood. Students said no official notice was released by the school suspending the examinations.
However, the strike was yet to commence at the Ondo State-owned Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba Akoko, AAUA.
Meanwhile, National President of SSANU, Mr Samson Ugwoke, said yesterday, that the ongoing agitation was to end discrimination against some workers in the ivory towers and stop the tendency to see some workers as preferred ones. He also said the ongoing warning strike is to ensure justice for their members working in staff schools who were unjustly sacked by some overzealous vice chancellors some years ago.