UNIJOS Votes for Continuation of ASUU Strike 2013

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Jos chapter, Monday voted in favour of the continuation of the four-month old strike embarked upon of the union.

It said the meeting between the union leaders and President Goodluck Jonathan held last week did not achieve anything.
ASUU took the decision at a referendum yesterday where 194 voted for the strike to be sustained, and 80 in favour of a suspension.

VNTI gathered that after hours of debate by those for and against the continuation of the strike, it was obvious that majority felt that the meeting with the president did not achieve much.

Those that voted for the strike to continue wondered why the strike should be called off on the basis of pleas and verbal promises by the president when the government is allegedly reputed for not honouring agreements.

They were said to have argued that the suffering by students and members in the last four months would be a waste if something concrete did not come out of the strike to improve the situation in Universities.

But those that voted for the suspension of the strike spoke passionately on the need to consider the impact of the strike on students and the gesture from the president, who met personally with ASUU leaders and pleaded with them to suspend the strike.

A few of them were quoted as saying it was better to suspend the strike and find other ways of pursuing their demands so as not to lose the support of the people.

The branch ASUU Chairman, Dr. David Jangkham, after announcing the result of the voting, said the national body would collate the referendum from various chapters and come up with a stand on whether the strike would be suspended or sustained.

The national executive of the union is expected to meet on Wednesday to take the final decision.

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