Academic activities at the University of Port Harcourt has been totally paralysed as a result of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU which began week ago in public universities across Nigeria.
True Blue Reporters was at the University of Port Harcourt Campus on Friday and reports that the strike by ASUU is total, as no academic activities where seen going on. Neither where lecturers and students seen in various lecture halls.
Majority of the lecturers offices where under lock and key. Only the administrative staff offices where seen open. While few of the non academic staff where seen on their desk attending to few files, others where doing little or nothing as they claimed no much work due to the ongoing strike by ASUU.
Very few students where seen on campus with no academic work going on. Some of them who spoke with us off camera gave different explanation on why they’re on campus on that day, not necessarily for lectures.
We visited faculty of social sciences, many lecturers where not on seat. Some HOD where seen working in their office with very little visitors present. Like it was during normal academic period, Students where not seen clustering offices like it was before the strike by ASUU.
Faculty of Education, Management Sciences, Agricultural Science, Humanities, the usual Ofrima Building, where all less busy with little student presence noticed.
On our visit to the University Library, one side of the entrance gate was seen open with no visible student presence around the ever busy library. The ever busy Uniport Arena was empty with no business activity within.
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ASUU had announced a one month warning strike over what they referred to as Federal Government failure to fulfill agreement entered with the union many years ago. An outcome which forced students to leave the campus and reunite with their parents and guardians.
Federal Government and ASUU may have returned to the negotiation table with possible hope of ending the lingering disagreement between ASUU and FG. But whether ASUU will call off it’s strike so soon or not is still not very certain as at the time of filling this report