No Threat Will Make Us Suspend Strike – ASUU Kaduna Chapter
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kaduna State branch says no threat will force members of the State University to suspend the ongoing industrial action.
It dared the Management of Kaduna State University over threats to resume academic session.
Dr Peter Adamu, the Union Chairman, in an interview with newsmen in Kaduna on Tuesday, while reacting to a statement issued by the Kaduna State University (KASU) management threatening academic staff Union to resume work or face sanctions, explained that the strike was legitimate and backed by national and international laws.
He stressed, “There is no section of the law of Kaduna State University or Staff Condition of Service that stipulates any form of sanction on lecturers participating in an action that will benefit the University.”
He further explained that the constitution of Nigeria which is the highest document that guides all activities in the country, had guaranteed that right.
He said that the strike was for the betterment of the University system, Kaduna State University inclusive, saying that most of the buildings in the University, staff training, among others, were all products of this kind of struggle.
Adamu said that they (academic staff) are not concerned about any threat that would come, explaining that even during the military era, such threat came and they were overturned by court of the land.
He assured that the strike has not been suspended, adding that they are committed to the industrial action until the Federal Government responds positively.
While responding to the examination earlier conducted by the school management while the industrial action was on, the Union Chairman explained that it was not the Union that closed down the school.
Dr Adamu explained that the management can go the extra mile to use whatever method to conduct their exams, saying that the School can decide to use past questions or whatever but they are not involved and their members are resolute to continue with the strike.
He called both on the Kaduna State Government and the students to understand that the struggle was for the benefit of all, pointing out that a struggle such as this was to save public institutions in Nigeria from total collapse.