BREAKING: UniAbuja ASUU Declares Indefinite Strike, Details Emerge

BREAKING: UniAbuja ASUU Declares Indefinite Strike, Details Emerge

  • Lecturers at the University of Abuja have embarked on an indefinite strike from Thursday, May 2
  • The leader of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) chapter in the school, Sylvanus Ugoh, said the decision was taken concerning the processes for the appointment of a new VC
  • Ugoh said the advertorial for a new VC was not from the governing council while describing it as illegal

Legit.ng journalist Adekunle Dada has over 5 years of experience covering basic and tertiary education in Nigeria and worldwide

FCT, Abuja - The branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the University of Abuja has declared an indefinite strike.

The chairman of the branch, Dr Sylvanus Ugoh, said the strike action was embarked upon to draw attention to developments bothering the union.

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UniAbuja ASUU declares indefinite strike
The strike is to draw attention to developments bothering the union Photo credit: University of Abuja
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The announcement was made at the end of its congress, held at the Permanent Site of the institution on Thursday, May 2, Leadership reports.

Why ASUU declared indefinite strike in UniAbuja

Deborah Tolu-Kolawole GenZ, an education analyst said ASUU is accusing the outgoing vice-chancellor, Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’allah of not following due process in the appointment of a new VC.

Tolu-Kolawole said Professor Na’allah placed an advert in a national daily requesting that candidates apply for the position of VC, which was wrong.

She disclosed this in a tweet via her X handle (formerly known) @DeborahToluwase, on Thursday, May 2.

Explaining why the outgoing VC's action was wrong, she wrote:

"President Bola Tinubu dissolved governing councils of universities sometime ago.
Ideally, the Universities Miscellaneous Provision Act 1993 as amended, 2003, and 2012 (section 3 subsections 1 and 2) empowers only the governing council to advertise the VC’s seat when declared vacant."

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As reported by The Punch, Ugoh argued that no other organ or individual is legally vested with the power to initiate the procedure of appointing a successive VC.

ASUU set to declare strike

Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that ASUU warned of an impending strike in Nigerian universities due to the stagnation of lecturer salaries since 2009, despite the challenging economic conditions in the country.

Professor Monday Igbafen, the Coordinator of the ASUU Benin Zone, emphasised this concern during a press briefing in Benin City.

Source: Legit.ng

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