Another Strike Looms As ASUU Is Under Fire
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in the last few hours has come under fire after reports of another strike action went viral on social media.
The reports was first seen making waves on Saturday after a chapter of the Union, declared it will be resuming it’s recently called off strike action soon.
According to reports from Daily Post revealed that ASUU, Kebbi State University of Science and Technology, Aliero, KSUSTA, chapter, concluded arrangement to resume its suspended strike.
The post reads below:
The union chapter said it would continue the strike until its pending issues were addressed by the State Government.
This was contained in a press statement issued by its Chairman, Dr. Ibrahim Garba Wawata, shortly after the ASUU/KSUSTA meeting held at the institution’s premises.
The statement said that following the suspension of the nationwide strike by the parent body, the KSUSTA branch has decided to continue its local strike, pending the outcome of its agreement with the state government.
Wawata recalled that on April 1, last year, the memorandum of action was signed between the union and the government, but no action had been taken to implement the agreement, hence the decision to resume the suspended strike.
Wawata lamented the way the government abandoned the institution, adding: “They are playing politics with this institution.
“I don’t know how the future of our new generation will be like if the government will continue like this.
“The negotiation committee, headed by the commissioner for Higher Education, who is a former university vice chancellor, and the union resolved that government had agreed to look into their request, but nothing has been done.
“The union outlined some issues categorised into four majors segments, such as staff welfare, implementation and payment of promotion arrears, implementation of annual increments and payment of arrears, earned academic allowances, research and development, school infrastructure and funding by the state government.”
Wawata further called on the State Government to look into “the recent mass illegal recruitment by the management.”
In the same vein, a Twitter account believed to be that of the Union, revealed it’s considering going on another three months strike.
It had called of its three-month strike in February after reaching an agreement with the federal government over issues bothering on staff welfare among others.
“Thinking of going on another 3 months strike action,” it wrote.
While it’s still not verified whether the Twitter account belongs to the union, many students on the platform has reacted to the post.