Academic activities at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi have been crippled due to the ongoing five-day national warning strike declared by the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Universities (NASU).
SSANU and NASU, who are under the unbrella of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of ATBU, made it known that they are withdrawing their services following the directives by their national leadership in order to press home their demands from the Federal Government.
The JAC Chairman of ATBU, Comrade Austin Jadi, told newsmen in Bauchi that it was unfair for the FG to be selective in addressing the problems in the university system.
“As you can see, ATBU is already on strike and we are respecting the national leadership and we will do exactly what they have directed,” he stated.
Jadi condemned the FG for failing to honour the 2009 agreements and a court order, adding that the FG’s refusal to obey the court order is another form of corruption being perpetrated by the same government that claims to be fighting corruption.
“As a responsible government, corruption is not only fought when we are talking about the issues of finances alone, if you have moral corruption, you have societal corruption and social corruption, these ones are even more hard than financial corruption.
“If you cannot respect court judgements, it is equally corruption and if you cannot do what is expected and do not respect the collective bargain documents that you entered into, it is part of corruption. So we feel that the government that is fighting corruption should do the needful that all these issues are addressed once and for all so that the universities will not remain closed forver,” Jadi stated.
He charged the FG to ensure that all the issues about the educational sector are sorted out before the end of 2019 because the government had promised to declare a state of emergency in the education sector.