ASUU reacts to govt proscription of unions at Ebonyi university

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The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU), Ebonyi State University Chapter, has reacted to the announced proscription of staff unions in the university.

It urged the State government to prioritise University Education to improve the system.

ASUU Chairman in the school, Dr Ikechukwu Igwenyi gave the advice in a telephone interview with newsmen in Abakaliki.

Recall that the State Governor, David Umahi, on Wednesday said he would proscribe ASUU, the Non-Academic Staff of Union (NASU) and other bodies in the Institution.

Igwenyi, reacting to the proscription, said Labour issues are in the exclusive list and so no Governor could proscribe a National Union duly registered and given a charter to operate.

According to him, “We are just a branch of ASUU and National body of the Union is very much aware of the situation in Ebonyi,” the Chairman explained.

Igwenyi, an Associate Professor and Head of Department of Biochemistry, claimed that workers in the university are being owed four months of salaries.

He urged political office holders to avoid issues that could cause the collapse of public educational institutions.

He called on the staff of the University to remain resolute until government meets their demands.

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Newsmen recall that Nigerian Universities have been on strike even before the lockdown occasioned by COVID-19 pandemic.

Newsmen also recall that Dr Onyebuchi Chima, the State Commissioner for Education, said in a recent statement that the State Governor had approved the release of N500 million for the payment of staff salaries.

According to the statement, the state Governor also approved single-digit N300 million loan to the University for the commencement of Small-and Medium-Enterprises (SMEs) businesses to boost the Institution’s Internally Generated Revenue (IGR).

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