Strike in the University of Ibadan Paralyses Academic Activities
It has been reported that all academic activities at the Premier Citadel of Learning, University of Ibadan, UI, have been put on hold since Monday as a result of the academic staff decision to embark on indefinite strike declared by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU.
Apart from the suspension of the ongoing postgraduate examinations in the premier university, there were no lectures for the undergraduate students who officially resumed on Monday. Thus, some of the students were seen loitering around their faculties and departments discussing the lates development.
Obviously majority of the students and lecturers are unhappy about the situation of things, as some of the offices of the academic staff remained locked up and some lecturers sighted at the corridors refused to have interaction with their students.
A lecturer was reported saying to one of his students, “What are you still doing around or you have not heard that ASUU has declared a nationwide strike? Sorry, I can’t take your project file because we have been ordered by our national body to suspend project supervision”.
Some of the students therefore have expressed bitter disappointment over the strike.
One of them said, “Why will they declare strike now? We have lost enough time to various strikes and protests in the school. We don’t know when we are going to resume. ASUU people should please consider their position and call off the strike”.
Equally affected by the ongoing strike are private business owners who strongly condemned the action as it has greatly affected their businesses. One of them is reported complaining, “I am really in trouble. Where do I go now to sell my wares? Students who are my customers would head back home. Nobody will patronize me now until the strike is called off”.
Another also, who runs a business center had cried out: “We have to fold our arms and start sleeping now till God knows when. Nobody will come to us to do photocopies of reading materials. This is not good at all”.