Strike: Otuoke varsity shuts down


Four trade unions including the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday paralysed the academic activities at the Federal University, Otuoke following a five day warning strike embarked upon by them to protest the insensitivity of the management and the governing council to their welfare.

Besides ASUU, other trade unions who jointly proceeded on the strike action are the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, the National Association of Academic Technologists and the Non-Academic Staff Union

The unions blamed the pro-chancellor of the university, Senator Gbemi Saraki, of running the institution as her private estate.

It would be recalled that the union, in a communiqué on June 22, 2017, had lamented that the Saraki-led governing council was indifferent to workers’ welfare, promotions, salary disparity, tax remittances, pension remission, statutory allowances and confirmation of appointments.

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The Chairman of JAC, Dr. Omororo Joseph, said in a notice to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Accra Jaja, that they would begin an indefinite strike if their grievances were not addressed.