Saturday, 19 August 2017

Why We Joined ASUU Nationwide Strike – NAU Awka


Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, NnamdiAzikiwe University, Awka branch yesterday said it has joined the on-going comprehensive and indefinite nationwide strike action declared by the national secretariat of AUU following the worsening situation in federal and state universities across the country.

Addressing journalists yesterday at the ASUU branch secretariat NAU, Awka, the Chairperson, Prof. Dennis Aribodor exposed worry over what he called the growing disregard for agreements reached with workers as well as the seeming indifference to workers rights by the federal government.

He said members of the union have lost hope in the federal government failure to implement all agreements, Memoranda of understanding, MOU, and resolutions earlier signed with ASUU to revitalize the nation’s university education, and blamed the political class for paying mere lip service in addressing the rot in the sub-sector.

He however vowed that the union must make the federal and state governments implement the provisions of the 2009 Agreement, the MOU of 2013 and the understanding reached in November 2016, as he urged his colleagues at NAU to abide by the ASUU decision.

He said, “On August 16, 2017, congress of ASUU, NAU branch met, and decided to complied with the directive of ASUU National to embark on total comprehensive and indefinite strike declared on August 13.

“Union has done everything possible to compel federal government to meet our demands. We have written series of letters to the National Assembly, Senate committee set up by the President of senate to mediate on all issues in dispute etc, yet, nothing positive has come out of it.
“There shall be no teaching, no examination and no attendance of statutory meeting of any kind union members”.

Aribodor further lamented that the non-implementation of the Earned Academic Allowance, EAA, which is a major aspect of the 2009 FGN/ASUU agreement is adversely affecting moral and productivity on the comprises, lamenting that eight months after chosen the option of waiting the complete of the foreign audit exercise nothing concrete has been done by government concerning payment.

He also frowned at the practice of paying staff salaries in fractions and or outright non-payment by the federal and state government owned universities, saying it has greatly embarrassed members of the Academic staff.

“Since December 2015 federal government has cut lecturers salaries in many universities between 20 percent and 40 percent each month. The state universities are worse off. Many state governments have completely stopped the release of statutory subvention to their universities, including Ekiti State University, Ado Ekiti, Ondo State University of Science and Technology Ogbomoso among others, so that’s why we have joined the strike”, he noted.

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