Delta -Academic activities at the Delta State University were grounded on Thursday as lecturers in the institution joined their colleagues across the country in a nationwide strike.
The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the institution, Dr Emmanuel Mordi, said that the strike was in solidarity with Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST) branch of the union.
Mordi said that the action was directed by the National Secretariat of ASUU, and that it was a one day solidarity strike.
He explained that the strike was to draw public attention to arbitrary actions of the Visitor of RSUST and Rivers Governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
He said that against the university’s law, the governor was trying to impose a surrogate Governing Council and a Vice-Chancellor on the institution’s community.
Mordi said that ASUU in the school was insisting that all the processes for constituting the council and selecting a vice-chancellor should be conducted in accordance with the university’s law.
``But the visitor will not have any of that. He wants to circumvent the law and force the university to accept what he wants, irrespective of its illegality,'' Mordi said.