ABUJA- According to MINISTER of Education, Adamu Adamu on Thursday, he said that the on-going strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), will be called off next week.
He made this statement on Thursday in Abuja when he appeared before the Senator Jibrin Barau, APC, Kano North led Senate Committee on Tertiary Institutions and TETFUND, the minister disclosed that executive arm of government has commenced plans to ensure that it honours the agreement between the federal government and ASUU.
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Sequel to the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ grievance on the failure of the federal government fulfil her 2009 agreement and 2013 memorandum of understanding(MoU), an indefinte strike has been assumed due to the nationwide referendum conducted on August 10,2017.
The result of the referendum conducted in University of Ibadan shows that majority of the staffs are in support of the indefinite strike. In a discussion with the Vice Chancellor, Professor Abel Idowu Olayinka, about the looming strike, he said,
“Branches of ASUU Nationwide apparently conducted a referendum yesterday on some of their outstanding grievances with the Federal Government. I learnt that in UI, majority voted overwhelmingly for a comprehensive, total and indefinite strike. ASUU National EXCO will meet over the weekend to collate the ballots from various branches. We pray for a divine intervention as it seems that’s the only thing now that can still possibly prevent a complete shutdown of the various campuses as from next week. We have our fingers crossed”.
The academic calendar of the institution for the 2016/2017 session has also been affected in advance with the looming strike action. The Vice chancellor expressed his displeasure against the forces that seem unstoppable. He plaintively responded that students would bear the brunt if such happens by going back home.
“We don’t know as yet. I just want my boys and girls in Pharmacy to be allowed to complete their First Semester Exams. Obviously, if there is an indefinite strike, Students would bear the brunt by going back home while the already truncated calendar is thrown into a further state of disequilibrium. This hurts me personally but what can one do.”
Most students of the University of Ibadan are of the opinion that there shouldn’t be any strike action because of the effect on the school calendar.
A civil group in Abuja has accused the officials of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) of hacking the website of Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) and has urged the police authority to immediately investigate the union.
According to a statement signed by the President of the group, Bala Kuta and its Secretary General, Silas Awulu, the group cited the statement credited to Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, (ASUU) University of Ibadan Chapter, Dr Deji Omole who called for the sack of the Registrar of JAMB and scrapping of the Board.
“it sees Dr Omole’s speech of violence against JAMB and its Registrar as part of a larger conspiracy to sabotage the admission process to favour the syndicates that some dubious lecturers, who are no doubt ASUU members, use for populating the nation’s higher institutions with mediocre students”.
“We also demand that the Police should further probe the hackers of the JAMB website to see if there is any nexus between the criminals and members of ASUU, University of Ibadan that they can go any length to destroy Professor Oloyede and his good reforms for Nigeria.”
“recall that the Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) arrested five suspects in this regard. We think that it is no coincidence that some of these suspects were arrested in Oyo state, where Dr Omole is based, in addition to the others caught in Ogun and Borno state.” The statement added.
The group however called out ASUU on their inefficiency as it tries to remove the speck from another’s eye, in the ultimate insult to Nigerians pointing out that ASUU has refused to address the numerous cases of cultism, examination malpractice and sexual abuses perpetrated by its members on Nigerian campuses.
“It is therefore ridiculous that it has appointed itself into a tribunal over the Governing Board of JAMB.”
The group further calls on the the University of Ibadan Chapter of ASUU and Dr Omole to apologize to Nigerians for calling for the scrapping of JAMB.