We saw this last Friday; didn’t think we were going to see it this Monday morning again, but it seems the NASU people are serious indeed.
But what is a “Shigidi” doing in our school gate?
Non Academic Staff Union of Universities Ibadan chapter took to their regular protests again on Friday 14th February 2020 – which was supposed to be Valentine’s Day, a day set out to show love in the world; I think Saint Valentine is angry you know.
The protest came out in a much weirder way this time around. In the last one, we saw a Coffin at the gate and heard the demonstrators shout the vice chancellors name in words I would rather not talk about here. But this time around, we have a diety in our school gate. For real, what is a “Sigidi” doing in the University of Ibadan Main Gate on Friday, 14/02/2020, and that not enough, on Monday again, 17th February 2020?
For medical students in College of Medicine UCH, we are sure they have not seen this.
The NASU aggitators have ensured they disrupt normal school activites by blocking the roads and closing the main gate to prevent motorist activities. Father into the school, you could still see some vehicular activities though, but commercial transportation have been halted reasonably.
For the students, it is a bad timing, as some are just starting exams today, while others are in the heat of their exams already. Most people were seen trecking to faculties and halls this morning from the main school gate.
The reason for the strike, we fully do not know yet, but as reported by some other newspapers, the Chairman of NASU UI, Mr Malachy Etim said the indefinite strike was very neccessary, as they have exhasuted all other communication means, to no avail.
It should be noted that not only NASU is on strike, but also SSANU (Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities) are currently also on strike actions in UI.
Mr Tunji Oladejo, UI Director of Communication said though, that the university management had met with unions on the need to allow harmonious and peaceful cooperation on the campus and assured that their demands would be looked into.
As of now, we do not know the demands of NASU, but the demands of SSANU did include: full reinstatement of staff school teachers, stoppage of illegal pension deductions and continuation of their October increment, which they say was stopped in 2019.
As of now, we do not know of any other university staff union strike looming anywhere in the nation apart from the threat of strike by NASU in FUOYE (Federal University Oye-Ekiti) three weeks ago.