By Samuel Oyadongha
THE indefinite strike action ordered by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU was complied with by the local chapter of the Niger Delta University in Bayelsa State thereby paralyzing academic activities on campus.
Though the local chapter is expected to meet today to deliberate on the issue ASUU members at the state owned institution stayed away from classrooms in deference to the directive of its national secretariat.
Investigations revealed that the strike action in the university was total, as lecturers complied with the directive of the national body.
Most of the students of the institution were seen leaving campus yesterday while the non academic staff were going about their normal business.
The ASUU chairman, NDU, Dr. Beke Tuboukiye Sese who spoke to Vanguard said the decision of members to stay away from classrooms was in deference to the directive of the national body.
He however said the institution chapter would formally meet tomorrow to on the issue even though they have already complied with the indefinite strike action which described as total.
He accused the Federal Government of deliberately instigating educational instability and industrial crisis by prodding its members towards the inevitable option of total and indefinite strike
ASUU he said is angered by what he described as the refusal of the Federal Government to keep to its side of the agreement, (implementation of vital aspects of the FGN/ASUU 2009 Agreement) which informed the union decision to stand down its one week warning strike in September so as to give the government the opportunity to address its demand.
He noted with sadness that in spite of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed by the Federal Government to resolve the contending issues contained in the FGN/ASUU 2009 Agreement not later November 22, 2011 nothing tangible had been done.
His words, “you will recall that the union embarked on a one week warning strike on the 25th September, 2011 after all its efforts to persuade the government to honour an agreement it freely entered into with ASUU failed.
“You will also recall that soon after the notification of the unions’ decision to embark on the warning strike, government quickly convened a meeting with the principal officers of the union with a view to listen to ASUU and possibly avert the strike!
“Government requested to be given one month to address the issues but ASUU knowing the antecedents of Nigerian governments too well, gave two months! That meeting thus culminated in the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which, government undertook to resolve the contending issues not later than 22nd November, 2011.