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Dr Lazarus Maigoro, Chairman of the University of Jos (UniJos) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has said that members of the chapter have joined the ongoing two-week warning strike embarked upon by the national body of the union.

Maigoro confirmed this in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Jos, adding that the members were loyal and would always abide by every decision of the national body.

NAN reports that ASUU had on Monday declared a two-week warning strike because of the Federal Government’s inability to pay salaries of lecturers who are not enrolled into the Integrated Personnel and Payroll Information System (IPPIS) and the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement, among other issues.

NAN also reports that the decision to down tools was reached at the National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the union held at the Enugu State University of Science and Technology (ESUT), Enugu.

According to Maigoro, if the government fails to meet the demands of the union as agreed, it would proceed on a nationwide indefinite strike.

“This simply means that ASUU in the University of Jos has joined the ongoing two-week warning strike,” Maigoro said.

A student of the university, Miss Patience Anzaku, described the ongoing industrial action by the lecturers as “unfortunate”, regretting that the students always bore the ripple effects of such action.

Anzaku said that though the strike had been declared, most students were still hanging around to see the dimension it would go before travelling home.

Meanwhile, in line with the directive of the National Committee of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU to embark on a 2weeks Warning strike over the Integrated Personnel and Payroll System, (IPPIS), the Olabisi Onabanjo University Chapter has swing in its full support.

Dr. Joel Okewale, the OOU ASUU chairman who had earlier in an interview with the PUNCH stated that “the institution don’t operate in isolation”, hinting a possibility of its members joining the Industrial Action.

Speaking with Campus Mirror, this Morning, the Dean, Students Affairs, Dr, Oladunjoye commented
the University will join Today“.

This development is also been confirmed as an Emergency Meeting was held today, Wednesday to formally inform the Public.


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