The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has embarked on an indefinite strike. As a result of which, all academic activities at the state-owned Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, have ground to a screeching halt.
Staff and students alike have deserted the university campus following the enforcement of the strike action. Dr Monday Igbafen, the union’s chairman has attributed the strike action to “the vexatious habitual non-payment of salaries and non-remittance of check-off dues and other sundry deductions in the university.”
“The current strike is a climax of the failure of the university administration and the Edo State Government to meaningfully and satisfactorily address the union’s demand for payment of unpaid four months salaries and one-year unremitted check-off dues and other sundry deductions, which the union claimed ran into billions of naira.”
Meanwhile, the other three staff unions in the University, the Senior Staff Association of Nigeria Universities (SSANU), the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) and the Non-Academic Staff Union of Education and Associated Institutions (NASU) had been on strike since October last year for the same reason of non-payment of salaries, check-off dues and other sundry deductions, resulting in a total collapse of administrative activities in the university since October 2020.
The University’s Joint Action Committee (JAC) of SSANU, NAAT and NASU have resolved to sustain the strike till their demands for payment of unpaid salaries, check-off dues and other deductions are met.