From Layi Olanrewaju, Ilorin

Non academic staff including members of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian University (SSANU) and Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) of the University of Ilorin on yesterday embarked on strike in compliance with the national directive of the two Unions.

SSANU and NASU members began a 7 days nationwide strike to protest what they described as unfair treatment and disparity in the payment of withheld salaries of their members by the Federal Government.

Daily SUN gathered that members of the two Unions first reported for duty at the University and held a Congress at the gate of the institution before departing for their homes.

The chairman of NASU at the University of Ilorin, Comrade Zuberu Ibrahim said that the strike was a success as members of the two Unions involved complied totally with the directive of the National body.

“The compliance of our members to the strike is total. We held a Congress at the gate of the University early on Monday before members dispatched to their respective homes and this will continue in the next seven days,” Zuberu said.

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Public Relations Officer of SSANU in the University, Comrade Segun Alabi said that the compliance of members to the strike was total adding that members of the union dispersed to their homes immediately after the Congress held at the gate of the institution early on Monday.

However, it was further gathered the Academic Staff in the University have taken control of the activities in the institution so that the ongoing student examination was not disrupted despite the strike.

A staff of the institution spoke with Daily SUN that the examination being conducted for the Students which started two weeks ago was still going on in spite of the strike adding that “members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have taken control of the examination as they don’t want it disrupted.

Director of Corporate Affairs of the University of Ilorin, Mr Kunle Akogun said that the strike did not affect the Students examination going on in the institution.

“We don’t want the examination to affect the Students, the Management made a special arrangement so that the ongoing examination would continue,” Akogun said.