The academic staff of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), have joined the ongoing nationwide strike embarked upon by theAcademic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday.
Dr Ifeanyichukwu Abada, the Chairman of ASUU-UNN, made this disclosure at a news briefing on Wednesday in Nsukka, shortly after the unions congress attended by membersfrom Enugu and Nsukka campuses.
The union leader said that members had unanimously agreed to join the nationwide strike declared by ASUU at the national level.
He said the strike was topress home the unions demands, as contained in 2009 and 2013 agreement, signed by the Federal Government and the union, but which the government had yet toimplement.
Abada said the Congress noted with concern and disappointment the non-payment of academicallowances and the non-release of operational licence.
He also listed the unions demands to include, the non-implementation ofthe provision of 2014 Pension Reform Act with respect to retiredprofessors and their salaries.
Having exhausted all avenues to get the government to fully implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement and the 2013 MoU, ASUU resolved to embark on a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike, Abada said.
He said members,during the Congress, agreed that the strike would be total and comprehensive, as all forms of academic activities had beensuspended.
Members are advised to adhere strictly to the directive of ASUU, on the ongoing strike, as defaulting members will be broughtto book, he said.
He, however, called for the support of parents and students, saying that the strike was targeted at providingnecessary infrastructure that would make universities in the country conducive to teaching and learning.
Parents should know that we are fighting for them, as well as it is in the interest of
students and we regret any inconvenience this strike may cause students and their parents, hesaid.
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