Saturday, 7 May 2016

Confusion, blame game as NSUK ASUU strike enters second month

Both the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU Nasarawa State University Chapter and the Management of the institution have resorted to blaming each other for the ongoing industrial action by ASUU, which completes 2-month cycle on May 7th, 2 016. 

Speaking while receiving a delegation of Association of Departmental Presidents, ADP on Wednesday, the Vice Chancellor Professor Muhammad Mainoma represented by the Deputy Vice Chancellor Administration, Professor Yakubu Ngwai, said Management has done its best to meet some of ASUU's demand, but ASUU seem not to be satisfied. 
According to Professor Ngwai, every matter raised by ASUU have been substantially met by the University Administration but the Union seems to be rigid which he frowned is not fair, considering the economic situation in the country. 

"If the University had the money to implement what they are demanding, of course, this strike would not have lasted this long", he said. 

"But all of you are aware of the economic conditions of states and even federal government. 

"We have demonstrated a reasonable commitment in meeting their demands and I think they (ASUU) should understand the moment we are in and call off the strike", the DVC admonished.

On the review of the law establishing the university, the DVC said ASUU's representative in the Governing Council, Yahaya Adadu, is a member of the draft committee set up to review the law. 

According to him, the draft copy of the law was made available to ASUU through its representative in Council and there for scandalous for ASUU to claim ignorance of the process of reviewing the law. 

He noted that law making is a process that requires patience and not hastily done for obvious reasons. 

On the issue of funding, Professor Ngwai commended the effort of ASUU in the establishment of institutions like Tetfund, and wants ASUU to understand that such interventions are also from public funds which ordinarily should have been shared among states of the federation.

He said any form of intervention should not be discriminated, whether state or federal, saying government is one and belongs to every Nigerian. 

However, ASUU had said that government is silent on their demands as nothing concrete has been done to meet their demands. 

Speaking when he hosted members of National Association of Nigerian Students, NANS, in his office during the week, the chapter Chairman of ASUU Dr. Theophilous Lagi, said "government has even gone ahead to stop the salaries of members". 

He presented piles of correspondents between the Union and government, and several letters and agreements that have been violated by the later, saying no one can take them for fools again as they are ready against all odds to see the strike to a positive end. 

The DVC also told the Presidents of Departments that ASUU should explicitly communicate their intentions and not entirely condemning that which is proffered by Management as "vague". 

Earlier the leader of the delegation and President of the Department of Theater and Cultural Studies, Comrade Oliver told the DVC that they came to find out what is being done to resolve problem. 

He said the students were agitated and are on the verge of taking laws into their hands if nothing is done urgently to resolve the matter. 

Others who spoke at meeting, including Presidents of Mass Communication, Law, Psychology, Islamic Studies, Mathematical Sciences and Geology & Mining, called on both parties to come together and resolve the matter in the interest of the students. 

Meanwhile, the student leaders will meet with the Chairman of Governing Council of NSUK, Bishop Mathew Hassan Kukah, Emir of Keffi and Lafia, and other stakeholders to see how the parties can come to terms and let the strike be suspended.

By Simon, Markus Yila (Motion) 

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