ASUU Strike: Gombe State University Lecturers Refuse To Resume
The Gombe State university, GSU, lecturers rejected the call for the resumption of academic activities by the management of the university.
It was reported that Gombe State University (GSU) management on Monday asked all academic staff members currently on study leave to resume duty with immediate effect.
The registrar of the university, Dr. Abubakar Aliyu Bafeto, in a memo dated September 5, 2022, directed all lecturers studying within Nigeria to return to their duty posts, pending the resumption of academic activities in their respective universities of studies.
The memo read, “Following the resumption of full academic activities in the GUS to complete the 2021/2022 academic session, and in view of the ongoing national industrial action by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), which halted academic activities in public universities; I write on behalf of the management to request all teaching staff that is on study fellowship within Nigeria, to report back to the university with immediate effect in order to resume duty.
“This is pending the resumption of academic activities in the universities of their studies. The affected staff is strongly advised to ensure strict compliance.”
However, the Chairman of the GSU chapter of ASUU, Dr. Suleiman Salihu Jauro, said the union had rejected the directive of the university management to resume work.
At a press conference on Monday, Dr. Suleiman Jauro said the institution benefited from proceeds of ASUU strikes including 57 physical structures of the 77 buildings on the campus.
He said, “Not less than 150 academic staff have been trained for Masters and Doctorate degrees through both Tertiary Education Fund (Tetfund) and Needs Assessment fund (Revitalisation). These two intervention funds are products of ASUU strikes.
“Without ASUU struggles that have produced these numerous opportunities for Gombe State University, GSU, what would GSU parade as its facilities and staff training?”
The union also regretted that the strike had lingered too long and pleaded with members of the public for understanding.
The Congress further resolved to “reject the call by the University administration for staff to return as the indefinite strike action called by the National Executive Council (NEC) is yet to be vacated.”
The union demanded the University administration to address the outstanding local issues including: “Non-implementation of the consequential adjustment in Minimum wage to 30 thousand with effect from April 2019.
“Non-payment of the arrears of the 2020 promotion. Non-released of the 2021 promotion letters and implementation.
“Non-payment of the outstanding Earned Academic Allowances for the 2015/2016 session: 2016/2017 session: 2017/2018 session; and 2018/2019 session; and “Non-institutionalisation of training fund as agreed in the 2021 MOA with the State Government.”