Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU, Ebonyi State chapter, Monday embarked on indefinite strike to press home their demand from the state government to release the 2014 professorial promotion and none gazetting of academic staff for the last 15 years.
Chairman of the union, Professor Ndubuisi Idenyi, who made this known while briefing journalists in Abakaliki, said that apart from the release of the promotion, the union is also protesting the slashing of their monthly salaries by the state government and called for the sack of the university’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Francis Idike, who they said have stayed beyond his stipulated tenure in office.
Idenyi said that before now, the union had planned to embark on a warning strike, but after their deliberation, the general consensus was for them to embark on a total and indefinite strike action which commenced yesterday.
He said before the commencement of the industrial action, the union had written to the institution management informing them of their intention to embark on the strike.
“But unfortunately all the demands we presented to the management, none was met and we had no other option than to commence the strike action”.
The chairman accused Eastthe present state government of being pretentious about most of the issues raised by the union especially gazetting of the academic staff of the institution, adding that the previous administration had approved the sum of N4.1 million for the printing of the gazette which was to have been done in Enugu before the present government came on board.
He regretted that since the inception of the present administration, the governor have continued to insist that the gazetting did not follow due process. “He was the deputy governor when the approval was given. The government is simply paying lip-service to our plight”.
Idenyi, who also reacted on government allegation that the university is over staffed, insisted that there are minimum benchmark by the National University Commission, NUC, on the number of staff that each institution must have before the school would have accreditation, adding that with the exit of many lecturers for greener pastures, the institution would loss accreditation if the lecturers were not replaced.
He added that until all their demands are met, the union would not shift ground and would resist any plan by the government to collapse the institution, just as he stated that the union is not scared of the threat of “No work, No pay” policy of the state government and urged the government to urgently do the needful.