The Academic Staff Union of Universities’ declared strike is being boycotted by no fewer than 11 state universities.
Some State Universities in Nigeria has pulled out from the umbrella union, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) amidst the ongoing industrial action.
Academic activities continues unabated in universities owned by Osun, Rivers, Delta, Borno, Anambra, Kwara and Akwa Ibom states as well as the three universities controlled by Lagos State.
Ajuru University of Education in Port Harcourt and Rivers State University in Port Harcourt, both owned by Rivers State, did not have any lecturers participate in the strike.
Reasons Why the State Universities has Pulled out from ASUU
Dr. Weinde Olaosebikan, the acting chairperson of ASUU at the university, claimed that professors at the institution did not participate in the current strike since the branch had been suspended by the union’s national leadership.
Despite the ASUU branch’s location within the campus, classes at Delta State University, Abraka, were still in session. The second semester exam is currently taking place at the university, according to a student who spoke under the condition of anonymity.
However, Prof. Godwin Demaki, the chairman of the ASUU branch at DELSU said that his members were not among lecturers working.
He said, “DELSU has over 300 lecturers of which about 200 are full members of ASUU. “The remaining have yet to join the union and these are the one that are going to lecture halls to teach and they do it in disguise because when they see us trying to enforce the strike, they will run.”
An ASUU member at Lagos State University, Ojo, Dr Gbenga Owolabi of the Department of Mass Communication, did explain that LASU did not join the ongoing ASUU strike because the national body of the union did not acknowledge the current ASUU-LASU officials who were personally selected by the former vice-chancellor of LASU, Prof. Lanre Fagboun after he ousted the four executives of ASUU-LASU.
Other state universities cited their universities being owned and controlled by the state government and the failure of the national chapter of ASUU to recognise their local leadership, and among others as reasons they are not part of the strike.
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