FRI, AUGUST 18 2017-theG&BJournal-The University of Jos ASUU has joined the on-going nationwide strike after it rose from a meeting held on 15th of August.
A statement signed by chairman of the branch Chris Piwuna resolved that members will not participate in “teaching, conducting or supervising any examination at any level, supervising of project or thesis at any level or attending any statutory meeting” adding that ” the only source of information on the strike action is the branch chairman “.
Meanwhile James Ashekpe a lecturer in the Mass Communication Department who said the strike action is intended to upgrade the facilities of the institution said ” We use strike action as the last resort, ASUU feel that there is a ploy by elites to kill public universities just the way public primary schools were ran down as a result of lack of payment of salaries. It was through strike action in the last six months that some developments in the institution are springing up”.
Ashekpe who said the struggle is to revive the university in the renegotiation agreement of 2009 which he said should be renegotiated at three years intervals said the government should be more sincere in their dealings with ASUU.
According to him only the first tranch of N200 Billion out of the promised N800 Billion was released in 2013 for the revitalization of the institution.
” The government gave about N30 Billion which was misappropriated to Governing Council of the Universities and not to ASUU. The strike action would have commenced since October 2016 because the government said ASUU should give them three months to carry out a forensic audit but ASUU gave the government six months period to carry out the forensic audit and pay up everything which they agreed to”.
“As at 30th June they are yet to set up a committee for the forensic audit. So we believe they are only buying time”.