Staff of the University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN) have joined the ongoing nationwide strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Monday.

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Ifeanyichukwu Abada, chairman of ASUU-UNN, made this disclosure at a news briefing on Wednesday in Nsukka, shortly after the union’s congress attended by members from Enugu and Nsukka campuses.

The union leader said members had unanimously agreed to join the nationwide strike declared by ASUU at the national level.

Abada said the congress noted with concern and disappointment the non-payment of academic allowances and the non-release of operational licence.

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“Having exhausted all avenues to get the government to fully implement the 2009 FGN-ASUU agreement and the 2013 MoU, ASUU resolved to embark on a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike,” Abada said.

“Members are advised to adhere strictly to the directive of ASUU, on the ongoing strike, as defaulting members will be brought to book.

“Parents should know that we are fighting for them, as well as it is in the interest of students and we regret any inconvenience this strike may cause students and their parents.”

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Similarly, the University of Abuja on Wednesday joined the nationwide strike.

Ben Ugheoke, UniAbuja ASUU chairman, told NAN that the academic staff took the decision to join the strike after a meeting with its members on Wednesday.

“We have domesticated the total indefinite strike. The strike is on now,” he said.

NAN reports that the situation in and around the campus shows that academic staff had abandoned classes while students were seen roaming about.

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