Daily Trust (Abuja)

16 December 2012

Nigeria: Strike Cripples Nasarawa Varsity Students' Resumption

Lafia — Resumption procedures at the Nasarawa State University, Keffi (NSUK), have been crippled following the ongoing warning strike by members of two unions in compliance with the directives by their respective national offices.

The NSUK chapters of Senior Staff Association of Universities (SSANU), and Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU), embarked on a one-week warning strike, last week, in compliance with the directive from their national bodies, which called for the industrial action over the non-implementation of the 2009 agreement reached with the federal government.

The industrial action has crippled certain parts of the procedures for students' resumption, one week after school reopened last Monday, Daily Trust inquiries have shown.

Students spoken to say they resumed on the day the two separate strikes were commencing, and only tried to commence their registration, without some hitches.

"There are no workers in their offices. We are doing online registration; yes, but we certainly we have to complete the registration at the departmental level, where the coordinators are required to sign certain documents. Now, that is not possible because the coordinators do not have their support staffs around to receive and forward the documents for signing", said a student who spoke to our reporter while she hurried to return home until the end of the warning strike.

Daily Trust went round the campus along Keffi-Akwanga Road to report that the ever busy school is now almost a shadow of its former self because offices, except for management and lecturing staffs, remained locked.

"The SSANU and NASU strikes are total. You can see none of their members are on seat", said a lecturer in one of the offices visited.

Arch Muhammad Junaid, NSUK chapter chairman of SSANU, confirmed to this reporter that members' compliance to the directive for the warning strike is total, just as Comrade Buhari Suleiman, the NSUK chapter chairman of NASU, said "we are on the strike; and we are complying fully."

Jamil Zakari, the university spokesman told Daily Trust that the university, recently introduced online registration, doing away with much of the physical element, as a result of which he insisted that registration was ongoing at banks and in the cyber cafes. He however confirmed that "minimal human contacts", are still required at the university to complete the registration, although he said resumption is not affected at all.

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