Indefinite strike embarked upon by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Imo State University, IMSU, branch to protest failure of the institution to pay their March and April salaries enters the sixth day today.
The union members down-tools last Thursday May 7, thereby grinding all academic activities in the university to a halt, with no date in sight for resolving the impasse.
Media Director, Press Affairs of ASUU-IMSU, Professor Valene Obinna while reacting to the strike said the action in the university will continue until all arrears of salaries are paid.
He stated that the strike was as a result of the unpaid March and April salaries of lecturers as well as other issues which the union has been agitating for.
He however pointed out that the strike is not politically motivated in anyway, stressing that the timing of the strike has nothing to do with the just concluded elections.
In a separate chat, the Chairman of the IMSU chapter of the union, Dr. Chidi Nwadiaro, had said that the union had no choice but to resort to strike because of the failure of the institution to pay the salaries.
Nwadiaro who maintained that the strike is “total, comprehensive and indefinite,” would continue until the payments are effected and urged students to bear with them.
When contacted, IMSU Public Relations Officer, Mr Ralph Njoku Obi confirmed the industrial action by the lecturer, saying the varsity was disturbed by the ugly development.
However, Njoku-Obi hinted that the management of the university was working hard in concert with the state government to address the grievances of the striking lecturers, adding that effort was on to pay them one month salary while working out the rest soonest.
Some students who spoke to Nigerian Pilot called on the state governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha to promptly intervene and save them the trauma of wasting precious time at home.
Governor Okorocha who was recently re-elected for second term is presently out of the country on post election vacation, a situation which many believe will make resolution of the grievances of the ASUU members difficult.