The University of Jos (UNIJOS), Plateau state has been shut down indefinitely, 234Forum has gathered.
The Nation reports that the lecturers of the institution commenced the industrial action to press home their demands for improved working conditions.
In a statement signed by Prof F. C. Piwuna, the Chairman of the university’s chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Friday in Jos, the union’s national body is in the know of their actions.
The statement read: “the NEC of ASUU has approved our request for total, indefinte and comprehensive strike starting immediately.
“It means that all activities — teaching, supervision, examination as well as statutory and ad hoc committee meetings — have been suspended.”
In a brief chat with Naij.com on Friday afternoon, the national treasurer of the union, Dr Ademola Aremu informed that the school management deserves the action meted out by the lecturers, because they had continued to renege on the promises they made to their academic staff.
He noted with disappointment also, that “there are so many welfare issues concerning the academic staff and the management has not listened to all of them.
“There is the issue of house allowances, among other issues. The lecturers have met the administration and they (institution) agreed that they defaulted.
“For about one and a half years, these issues have been ongoing and there has not been anything the institution has done about it. They have been promising but have not done anything about it ever since.”
Dr Aremu therefore informed that the strike action, as he had earlier stated, will go on for as long as the school management keeps giving excuses to the academic staff.