For the first time in 20 years, teachers at the University of Ilorin, today, joined in the Nationwide industrial action in compliance with the directive of the National body of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
Recalled that yesterday, 9th of March, in its Enugu Executive meeting, the national body ASUU through the president, Professor Biodun had called on all the local chapters of the Union to embark on two-week warning strike in protest to the Federal Government reluctancy on the fulfilment of the resolutions entered into in 2009, 2013 and 2017 memorandum of understanding, MOUs.
Mr Ogunyemi said the strike was to protest the failure of the federal government to implement the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement, the 2013 Memorandum of Understanding and the 2017 Memorandum of Action.
To University of Ilorin, this strike action marks the first in about two decades.
The school’s non-compliance in the previous industrial actions were owing to the imbroglio that existed amongst the factions of ASUU in the school which eventually was last June brought to rest by the effort of the New Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Suleiman Age Abdulkareem.
Speaking on the school’s over 19 years of uninterrupted academic calendar, the UNILORIN ASUU branch chairman, Moyosore Ajao, told PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday that, “everything that has a beginning must surely have an end.”
“We cannot be part of a body and say we don’t want to function with the body. The question everybody should ask is how did ASUU get bad like this? It is because we have an irresponsible government. And we have a dishonourable minister of finance who would not want to pay people, after working to earn a pay.”
Mr Ajao said all academic activities in the school will be on hold for the period of the warning strike, including the first-semester examination that is currently going on in the school.
“ASUU University of Ilorin is on strike and the strike is total. The lecturers are not involved in any official matter,” he said.
According to the chairman, the academic staff of the University of Ilorin have not benefited anything from not joining in industrial action for the past 20 years.
“We have not benefited anything from government for us not going on strike. Rather, we have been maligned by our colleagues. We have been labelled traitors by our colleagues.
“When some people go to struggle for something and you’re reaping from the benefit of their struggle, what moral right do you have to lay claims to those things?”
The spokesperson of the institution, Kunle Akogun, refused to comment on the development.