Following what it described as failure on the part of federal government to implement the white paper on the university since September last year, the Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) University of Abuja chapter has declared a two-week warning strike.
Declaring the warning strike in a press briefing outside the University, the chairman, ASUU Uniabuja, Clement Chup said ‘the strike would be total and comprehensive”
He said it would be to press for the implementation of the Visitation Panel Report on the university.
His words: “to say the least it is unfortunate for a University which should be a show-piece of the Nigerian University system to be so neglected by the government”.
However, the chairman ASUU Integrity of the same institution, a faction of ASUU, Dr. Yau Damagum described the Clement Chup led group action as ‘a move to destabilise the fragile peace of our University which we manage to attain few weeks ago….
The Vice chancellor, Prof. James Adelabu who initially declined comment latter denied knowledge of any strike.
He said “the new students are having their registration today, you can see we are supervising them ,the admission letter just came out today.
The industrial action that begins today Moday 29th of May would mark another compulsory holiday for students who were at home for more than four months before they were finally called to write their second semester exams few weeks ago”.
Forty-five man Visitation Panel constituted by President Jonathan to look into the cause of the institution’s problems in 2012 submitted its report last year, the white paper report among other issues addressed the deteriorating state of the University and also indicted the leadership of the school.