Academic activities at the Kogi State University, Anyigba, came to an abrupt end yesterday, following the indefinite strike action embarked upon by the academic staff of the institution.
This sudden twist in the academic programme of the state university came barely five days before the commencement of their first semester examination,
In an unanimous decision taken at a meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, in Anyiga, yesterday, the lecturers vowed not to return to their duty post until their four-month salary arrears have been paid.
A senior lecturer, who spoke to our correspondent on condition of anonymity, disclosed that government is insensitive to their plight, as they are not expected to work on an empty stomach; saying the position they took at the meeting was simply ‘No work no pay’.
He disclosed that the 210 lecturers who were present at the meeting were unanimous in their resolution, stressing that one of them who attempted to plead for more time for the management to find solutions to their problem was almost lynched by his colleagues.
He pointed out that before now, ASUU branch of the institution was polarised, adding that during last Thursday’s meeting there was no dissenting voice, as they spoke with one voice with a view to confronting their present challenges.
According to him, they are not prepared to return to the classroom until all the salaries being owed them are paid completely, even as he disclosed that the issue is in the hands of the national body of ASUU.

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