UniAbuja, UNN lecturers join strike

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Academic staff of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), have joined the on-going nationwide strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).


Chairman, ASUU-UNN, Dr. Ifeanyichukwu Abada, disclosed this at a news briefing yesterday in Nsukka, shortly after the union’s congress attended by members from Enugu and Nsukka campuses.


The union leader said that members had unanimously agreed to join the nationwide strike declared by ASUU at the national level, affirming that the strike was to press home the union’s demands, as contained in 2009  and 2013 agreements signed by the Federal Government and the union, but which the government had yet to implement.


Abada said the congress noted with concern and disappointment the non-payment of academic allowances and the non-release of operational licences.


He also listed the union’s demands to include, the non implementation of the provision of 2014 Pension Reform Act with respect to retired professors and their salaries.


“Having exhausted all avenues to get the government to fully implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement and the 2013 MoU, ASUU resolved to embark on a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike,” Abada said.


The UniAbuja ASUU Chairman, Ben Ugheoke, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) that the academic staff took the decision to join the strike after a meeting with its members yesterday.

“We have domesticated the total indefinite strike. The strike is on now,’’ he said.

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