The indefinite industrial action embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has taken adramatic dimension in Rivers State as the Ignatius Ajuru University of Education , Port Harcourt branch of the union has pulled out of the nationwide strike.
Normal academic activities in IAUOE commenced yesterday In all the campuses of the university.
The university authorities and the ASUU branch of the university took the stand because of alleged disregard of the national sharing formula of the over N100 billion disbursed to universities across the nation.
IAUOE branch chairman of ASUU, Dr Ugochukwu K Agi, who spoke to The Tide said hismembers had not called off the strike in the campuses of IAUOE but stressed that the injustices of National Universities Commission (NUC) to IAUOE in the sharing of the released fund was responsible for the new turn out of events.
“We demanded for about N400 billion but the N100 billion so far released by the Federal Government did not get to IAUOE”, he said, adding that “we have not given up so far. Tomorrow, we shall convene a congress and come up with our own stand”
Reacting to the development, Registrar of the University, Barr Ikem Adiele said the new turn of events was a positive development as it would actualise the goal of students, parents and education-loving Nigerians who aspire for uninterrupted academic activities in Nigerian universities.
Barr Adiele frowned at the avoidable interruption of academic activities in Nigeria, stressing that the issue of strike had become the bane of education in the country.
A student of IAUOE, Mr Christian Amadi lauded the wisdom in calling off the strike, saying it was ironical that while universities teachers claim to be fighting for us in the long run, the students remain the losers.
“Those of our mates outside Nigeria who entered campus same time with us conclude and go for NYSC but ours is thestory of strike. It does not help us nor our parents who spend fortunes on us”, he said.
A lecturer and member of IAUOE branch of ASUU, who pleaded anonymity said “politicians have started playing politics with the nation’s education”.
He maintained that the politicisation of education in Nigeria had denied students opportunity of acquiring proper learning, hence, we churn out half-baked graduate”.
The lecturer blamed the federal government for the negative turn of events.
It would be recalled that ASUU embarked on strike on July 1st,2013, for what ASUU National President, Dr Nasir Isa Feggae alleged to be insensitivity of the Federal Government to the educational growth of Nigeria,particularly university education.
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