The education sector in Nigeria has been dealt a huge blow as another stakeholder in the education sector embarks on industrial strike.
The Non Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU), University of Ibadan branch Monday withdrew the services of its members in compliance with the nationwide strike declared by the union.
Also, in the strike were members of National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), and Senior Staff Academic of Universities (SSANU).
The strike which was about 80 percent total at the university has further paralysed activities at the ivory tower.
The union is demanding the implementation of 12 items contained in the document of agreement reached with the union by the federal government since 2009.
Among the demands are earned non-academic allowances and the license for the Nigerian University Pension Management Company (NUPEMCO), lack of infrastructures, poor governance, and hazard allowances.
Activities at different departments at the university came to near total collapse except in a few units such as the hospital, security, electrical and power house where the workers offer skeletal services till 4pm.
NASU Chairman University of Ibadan, Comrade Arojo Oluwasegun said that earned allowances are the rights of both deserving academic and non-academic staff, while calling on the federal government to do the needful to save public education from total collapse in the country .
According to Arojo, the Union was not happy that the government which pride itself so much is not interested in enduring legacies that can reposition public education through adequate funding
“The strike commenced today and it is total and indefinite until we receive directives from the leadership of our union. As you can see, here our members fully complied to the indefinite strike. And what we are saying is that only the government can end the strike by implementing the content of the document, otherwise the strike will go on indefinitely”, he said.
Efforts to reach the UI branch Chairman of Senior Academic Staff Association of Universities (SSANU), Akinremi failed.