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Universities Divided Over ASUU Strike

In spite of the order given by the Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU) to all its members to embark on a nationwide strike on Monday, some members of the union have however boycotted the industrial action.

At the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN), the local chapter of the union said it would not take part in the strike.

The strike, however, has caused a division among lecturers at the Nnamdi Azikiwe University (NAU), Awka as some of them are in compliance with the order given by ASUU, while others said they would not be involved in the nationwide strike until students are through with their ongoing second semester examinations.

The Chairman, UNILORIN chapter of ASUU, Professor Wahab Egbewole on Wednesday defended the members’ decision not to take part in the strike. He said the local chapter of the union was not carried along in the decision that led to the strike.

Egbewole, who addressed journalists in Ilorin, said: “We will not be part of the ongoing nationwide strike being embarked on by some branches of ASUU because we have not been consulted or informed about the strike. It is important to note that before a union will go on strike, there is the need for consultation.

Up till now, I have not been informed in any way or form of communication. I have said it severally at our congresses that we are not averse  to a positive working relationship with the ASUU national headquarters, we have made several efforts towards this development which were rebuffed.”

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