Feb 4 2016
Academic activities at the Nasarawa State University in Keffi would be in a strait if the threat of industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is actualised.
ASUU Chairman at the university, Dr. Theophilus Lagi, who hinted on the possibility of the strike action, threatened that the union would shutdown academic activities in the university within the next two weeks if the university management and the state government failed to meet their demands.
Lagi handed down the ultimatum while speaking with journalists in Keffi yesterday, saying there was still a possibility of resolving the impending crisis.
“Our doors are still open for them to call us so that we can find amicable ways to address our grievances.
“We are not happy that we have to seek redress through this avenue because of the adverse effects strikes have on the academic and economic development of the university but we want the management and the state government to avert this action,” the university don stated.
THISDAY gathered that the university teachers’ grievances include non-implementation of promotions, dilapidated state of university law faculty, appointment irregularities, high tac deductions from on the Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) and ambiguity in the university guideline as the issues yet to be addressed by the management of the institution and the state government.
The ASUU boss explained that some of the enumerated issues have lingered since 2009, before the assumption of office of the present Vice-Chancellor, Professor Akaro Mainoma, “and since then, the state government has refused to honour the agreement made with the union.
However, further checks by THISDAY indicated that some lecturers at the institution were averse to the looming strike as they described it as “unnecessary distraction.”
A lecturer at the faculty of education who spoke to THISDAY in confidence, said, “Some of us are worried about the negative impact this strike will have as students are preparing for their first semester examinations.
“I think this is an unnecessary distraction targeted at the university management and I advise ASUU to seek ways of resolution. Strikes must not always be the only option.”