No threat, according to the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State branch, will compel State University workers to halt their strike.
Threats to restart classes were made, and it dared Kaduna State University’s administration.
In response to a statement from the Kaduna State University (KASU) administration warning academic staff union to return to work or face sanctions, Dr. Peter Adamu, the Union Chairman, explained that the strike was legal and supported by both national and international laws in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday.
“There is no component of Kaduna State University statute or Staff Condition of Service that imposes any type of discipline on teachers participating in an activity that will benefit the university,” he emphasized.
He went on to say that that right was protected by the Nigerian constitution, which is the supreme law that governs all affairs in the nation.
He said that the strike was being held for the benefit of Kaduna State University and the whole university system, noting that the majority of the university’s structures and staff development programs were all the results of such struggles.
Adamu asserted that the academic staff is not worried about any potential threats, adding that such threats have occurred even during the military regime and have been rejected by a court of law.
He reaffirmed that the strike had not been put on hold and said that they would continue with their industrial action until the Federal Government gave them a favorable response.
The Union Chairman clarified that it was not the Union that shut down the school in response to the examination that was earlier carried out by the school administration when there was industrial action.
Dr. Adamu clarified that the administration might go above and beyond to use any way to administer the examinations; the school could choose to utilize old questions or anything else, but they are not participating, and their members are adamant to maintain the strike.
He urged both the Kaduna State Government and the students to see that the struggle was for everyone’s good, pointing out that a fight like this was necessary to prevent Nigeria’s public institutions from completely collapsing.