By Ruth Oginyi
Ebonyi state university, Abakaliki Ebonyi state chapter of the Academic Staff Union of University ASUU has joined the ongoing strike by the body nationwide.
The State University, Abakaliki, Ebonyi State, rose at the end of its emergency congress, held on Thursday, February 17th, 2022, with an overwhelming resolution to activate the nation-wide 4-week roll-over strike action declared by ASUU.
The acting Chapter Chairman of ASUU, EBSU Chapter, Dr. Ikechukwu Igwenyi, disclosed this in a statement he released to newsmen in Abakaliki after the meeting.
Dr. Igwenyi said EBSU Chapter of ASUU was activating and joining the strike action “because ASUU is a national union that secures our welfare and protects the staff and the institutions from distractive and destructive forces of irresponsible rulership”, adding that EBSU as a critical branch of the Union was affected by all the demands made by the Union.
The ASUU Chairman further said that the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Union kicked off the strike action “Considering that the Government has failed to fully implement the Memorandum of Action it signed with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on 23rd December 2020; given that the draft report of the Renegotiated 2009 FGN/ASUU Agreement has been submitted for finalization for more than nine months and noting that the forceful payment of ASUU members’ salaries and emoluments with the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS) and non-adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) have continued to short-change our members.
His words, “activating and joining the national strike action today, there shall henceforth be no academic activities ranging from teaching, seminar, and defense to statutory meetings of the Senate, Council, convocation or matriculation”.
He said they would resume teaching as soon as the strike was suspended and called on parents, students, and well-meaning Nigerians to join hands with them to rescue the university education system from collapse.
He argued that it would amount to an act of historical irresponsibility on their part to sit and watch idly while the gains of our hero’s past were being destroyed by the ruling class.