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FUOYE loses student to strike, UNIMED, AAUA, OAUSTECH back out

From Victor Akinkuolie, Ado-Ekiti, Kayode Olabanji, Okitipupa & Roseline Okakah

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As the ongoing seven-day warning strike embarked upon by members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union (NASU) entered its second day, the nationwide strike has begun to take its toll on the Federal Universities students.

Members of SSANU and NASU are protesting their withheld four months salary. The Federal Government had implemented the no-work, no-pay policy for university workers over a prolonged strike in 2021.

But the Federal Government released the four months withheld salaries to members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), and left out SSANU and NASU.

Investigations by our reporters showed that the strike has grounded activities in federal universities.

The strike also caused the untimely death of a male Asthmatic student of the Federal University, Oye-Ekiti (FUOYE), on Tuesday, as those in health facilities of the university went on  strike.

The Vice-Chancellor of the University, Professor Abayomi Fasina, confirmed the development in Ado-Ekiti during a press conference.

Fasina who spoke through  the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Administration) Prof Tajudeen Opoola, said, “I want to inform you that just this morning, we lost a male student who is Asthmatic to the cold hand of death, this is due to the industrial action embarked upon by the SSANU. All our hospitals within the school were under lock and key, this is just an unfortunate incident”.

He said though the identity of the late Asthmatic student was still sketchy, adding that the life of the student would have been saved by the medical staff of the University, but due to the strike. The University the student was said to have died while being rushed to a private hospital in the town.

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Also, students of the Federal University of Technology, Akure, FUTA, have decried the strike embarked upon by SSANU and NASU, saying it is already taking its ugly toll on them.

According to some students who spoke with The Hope yesterday explained that the industrial action has thrown them into perpetual darkness.

They further lamented that they are also finding it extremely difficult to access water as they grapple with numerous challenges on the campus due to the ongoing strike.

A 200 Level student, Marvelous Omorewo, said,“The strike is so sudden, we were not prepared for it and it has not been easy for us because we are not able to do a lot of things that we are supposed to do. We don’t have light in the hostel, we don’t have water, our cleaners are not coming to work and a lot more”.

Similarly, a 400-level student, Aladesuyi Ayomiposi, lamented the negative repercussions of the strike, emphasizing the inconvenience caused by the absence of water and other essential amenities.

“The strike has been affecting us negatively. We have to go to a long distance to get water, some people did not even go to class because there is no water. Everything has not been easy without the non-academic staff,” Ayomiposi stated.

Also, a 300-level student, Animashaun Mariam, who lamented the impact of the strike on academic activities, said practical sessions have also been hindered by the absence of electricity.

“The strike has affected the school light. We can’t do our practicals because there is no light, and the laboratory is not conducive because of the heat,” Mariam explained

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In a statement released by Chairperson of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) FUTA chapter, Comrade Felix Adunbi, the strike aims to assert the relevance and strength of non-academic staff within the university system.

According to the directive issued by Adunbi, all administrative and technical services provided by non-academic staff were withdrawn, this directive also mandated Heads of non-academic units to ensure strict compliance and warned of consequences for any violations.

In response to the disruption, the Students’ Union Government (SUG) advised students to adapt to the situation, urging patience and understanding during this challenging period.

Meanwhile, normal academic activities are ongoing at the Ondo State Government owned Universities, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko (AAUA), Olusegun Agagu University of Science and Technology (OAUSTECH), Okitipupa, and University of Medical Sciences, UNIMED, Ondo, despite the nationwide strike.

Our correspondents reported yesterday that students were seen going about their daily activities at the universities.

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