The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the University of Ilorin (UNILORIN) has set aside February 9 as a work-free day in response to a strike notice served by its national secretariat.

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According to NAN, the strike notice was revealed in a statement signed by Ajao Moyosore, UNILORIN ASUU branch chairman, on Wednesday.

Moyosore said the development stemmed from the resolution of the branch’s congress.

He also disclosed that the mobilisation for strike followed the federal government’s attitude towards the renegotiation of their salaries and allowances as well as the adoption of the University Transparency Accountability Solution (UTAS).

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He said the congress was called to further sensitise members, the students, and the entire public on the conditions of service and the need for the union to proceed on strike if it was called by the national executive council (NEC).

“Wednesday, the 9th day of February, is declared a work-free day for all members of the union in the branch and that no member will take on any official assignment for the day,” the statement read in part.

“The branch will utilise the work-free day to further mobilise and sensitise the public about the justification of the proposed action.

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“It is also to implore on the Nigerian government to be responsible, do the needful and avoid a situation whereby Nigerian universities will be closed down again.”

Moyosore appealed to the federal government to sign and implement the renegotiated conditions of service (salary increment) for university lecturers.

He also urged the government to adopt UTAS as the medium of payment of salary for academic staff members of the university.

Moyosore said the branch had resolved to uphold its earlier position of a total and indefinite strike as it was fully ready, prepared, and mobilised for the action.

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“Members in the course of strike action will be upright, stand firmly and persevere against any form of intimidation or harassment from any quarters,” the chairman added.



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