Kebbi Varsity ASUU suspends strike
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Kebbi State University of Science and Technology Aliero (KSUSTA) branch, has suspended the industrial action it started on December 17, 2019.
A statement signed by the chairperson, Dr. Ibrahim Wawata, noted that the strike became necessary due to the breach in the implementation of the Memorandum of Action (MoA) signed by the union, the university management and the state government on April 1, 2018.
While the strike lasted, the union met with the state government’s negotiation team led by the Head of Service, Tanko Magaji, on December 20, 2019, and the university’s governing council led by Gen. Muhammadu Magoro (rtd.) on January 2, 2020. The meeting birthed another MoA between the union and government on December 20.
He added that some issues addressed in the MoA include the meeting with the governing council chairman and visitor where the funding of the maiden convocation was agreed and the date was fixed tentatively for March 2020, as well as the release of the nominal roll by the university management to the Nigerian University Pension Management Company (NUPEMCO) for the academic staff pension contributions.
The advance payment of N100 million for Earned Academic Allowance (EAA) out of N429,411,207.08 was approved by the visitor, Governor Abubakar Bagudu, to the university staff. The balance of N329,411,207.08 is to expected be settled within 14 months, with effect from February 2020.
The Ministry of Higher Education, in its effort to ensure the payment of 12 of the outstanding 46 months of annual increment, put a memo to the visitor, while the remaining 34 months and outstanding promotion arrears were to be settled this year.
In suspending the strike, the union hoped that the government and the governing council would look into the substantial review of the N5 million monthly overhead given to the university, which could hardly settle electricity and internet bills.
The ASUU also hoped to work assiduously in addressing the issues of promotions, annual increments and payment of arrears. The need for infrastructure such as accommodation for staff and students and the installation of cutting edge equipment in the laboratories, staff training and development.
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