The University of Jos Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Tuesday, endorsed the indefinite strike declared by its national body over the non implementation of agreements reached with the Federal Government since 2009.
This was even as the Academic Staff Union of Polytechnics, ASUP, has said it would not call off its two-month old strike until the Federal Government meets all its demands.
ASUP’s position was contained in a statement on the resolutions of the recent 74th National Executive Council meeting of ASUP signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Comrade Clement Chirman and made available to journalists in Jos.
It denounced government’s non-challant attitude and lack of political will to address its grievances, calling for an end to what it called ‘’lip service to technical education,’’ through proper funding of polytechnics.
However, the ASUU chapter at a meeting at its secretariat within the permanent site of the institution reviewed the situation and aligned itself with the decision of its national body, pledging to cooperate fully to make the strike effective.
ASUU chapter Chairman, Dr. David Jankam had briefed members of the issues in contention and how the Federal Government had defaulted on various aspects of the agreement which, he said, left the union with no option than proceed on an indefinite strike.
He solicited the support of members for the strike which he said should be total and comprehensive.
Members agreed that the strike was justified and resolved to comply with the union’s directive. It was agreed that meetings would hold every Wednesday while the strike lasted to update members on any development.
Academic activities have meanwhile been paralyzed in the institution as students who turned up for lectures, yesterday returned home disappointed because lecturers were unavailable.
Vanguard learnt that the strike would disrupt post graduate examinations scheduled to commence next Monday. Some of the students who spoke prayed that the strike would not drag so as not to disrupt the academic calendar substantially.
Meanwhile, ASUP has kicked against discriminatory cut-off points for candidates seeking admission into universities, polytechnics and colleges of education saying they should be harmonized.
It however, commended steps taken by the Federal Government to tackle security challenges in parts of the country but said more should be done to secure the lives and property of citizens.
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