The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Lagos (UNILAG) chapter left nothing to chance about its commitment to the strike.
On Tuesday, the union demonstrated its compliance with the total and indefinite strike when members stormed an ongoing research fair conference by the management during a rally round the campus.
The lecturers’ songs of solidarity persisted at the closed gate leading to the Multipurpose Hall, venue of the event, for minutes before it was eventually opened.
The union chairman, Dr. Adelaja Odukoya, who mounted a chair, questioned lecturers for participating in the two-day event during a strike.
He said: ‘’Comrades, we are here today because we are academic, we are here today because we are scholars and we have to speak truth to power. We are scholars because we are public intellectuals because we care about the education of the youth and the development of this country. Our union, your union, all of you here are academics.
Particularly, lecturers of this university have no business to be here. As we are taking, our union, ASUU, the only union that has fought relentlessly for the upliftment of education, the standard and quality of education in Nigerian universities. Our union have declared strike and you are here doing what? Why are you more Catholic than Pope?’’
He warned the participants, who exhibited their research works, not to return on Wednesday for the second day of the event.