Academic activities at University of Calabar, University of Nigeria Nsukka, and Rivers State University of Science and Technology were paralysed following the indefinite strike embarked upon by non teaching staff unions in the universities under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee, JAC.
Members of Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, at a recent rally in Lagos. The indefinite strike mostly affected fresh students, especially at the River State University of Science and Technology, who were to start registration as well as students under the Centre for Education Studies, CES, writing examination at University of Calabar. The JAC that resumed strike on Monday is comprised of the Non-Academic Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions, NASU, National Association of Academic Technologists, NAAT, and the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, SSANU. Chairman of JAC and National President of SSANU, Comrade Samson Chijioke Ugwoke had at the weekend accused the Federal Government of insincerity over the agreement the unions entered into with the government. Speaking to Vanguard on phone, the The Vice President of SSANU, Eastern zone, Dr Leku Ador said that already students in the affected universities have already vacated the institutions. Dr. Ador said in University of Calabar only students under the distance learning programme were still in the campus because of their examination which has been disrupted by the strike. He said, “The whole campus is dry, there is nothing happening here it is like there is already declaration of Christmas break.” At the River State University of Science and Technology, he said the university just reopened for new session and they were just expecting new students. He said, “The new students are yet to arrive but if they arrive they will be stranded. Maybe the university will give date to them.” At the UNN Nsukka, he said “Nsukka is even worse. The Vice Chancellor has been owing them and has not been paying them complete salary. For about three or four months he has refused to check off dues, which in labour law you must check off dues and remit same to the union but arbitrarily he stopped doing that. “So the people are already angry with him and they have their internal strike.”