Wednesday, 22 June 2016

ASUU Chairman Lambasts School Management, Blames Them of Insincerity

 The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Nasarawa State University Chapter, Dr. Theophilus Lagi has blamed the University Management on the recent academic downturn in the institution, accusing them of showing no sincerity in resolving the current salary arrears which has made the lecturers resolve on recommencing the suspended-two-weeks Industrial Action.

Speaking to student-journalists who thronged the Assembly hall immediately after ASUU emergency meeting with its members, Lagi said that the agreement the union had with the University Council before suspending the initial "total, indefinite and comprehensive" strike action was to offload the backlog of Earned Academic Allowances together with the three-months salary arrears that accumulated during the strike period.

"But when we returned to class and even drafted a new academic calendar, and started attending to lectures; we were surprised when a selected few of my members started receiving two months of their salaries while others were abandoned; a move which was targeted at dividing the union", he stated.

He said that the Heads of departments, Deans of faculties, Directors and some other high-ranking staff in the academia whom he described as the "friends" of the school management were among those who received bank alerts of having been paid.

The ASUU Chief who was visibly angered by the whole development lamented that the school management did not show enough maturity at handling the payment issue, wondering whom their advisers were that suggested to bring segregation among member of school academic staff by that manner of payment.

"If this people had paid us one month salary, telling us to exercise patience before receiving the rest due to economic issues in Nigeria, we are humans too, we would have reasoned with them; but to go and pay some whom they think wielded certain influence on some other staff is geared towards bringing disunity among the academic staff", he said.

Lagi, in the meeting he had with his member, had given the school management up until 12 midnight Monday 20th, 2016 to pay all its member their salaries or have them go back on strike.

The Secretary of the Union, Mr. Onoja who also spoke to NSUK CampusWatch regretted the manner the school management has been dealing with the union, saying that the Union has always been treated like a child who knew not his left and right by the management.

He told journalists not to believe the lie when they (school management) say there is no money, adding that government can not say there is no money when there are various avenues of making money for the state.

"What did they do with the bail-out fund gotten from the Federal government? Haven't you thought about it that when it comes to paying of salaries, government usually say there is no money, but when it comes to financing anything that has direct effect on them, money magically materializes", he observed.

By Ogbu Patrick

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