Following the Memo rolled out by the Edo state government which stated the Suspension of all Union Industrial activities and the Resumption of Academic activities,The Ambrose Alli University Asuu chapter Congress, reaffirmed her resolution by ordering her Members to sustain the withdrawal of their statutory duties or services and stay away from the University campus until otherwise directed by the Union.
The Asuu chapter made this known in a memo Signed and approved by the Chairperson,ASUU,AAU Ekpoma-Dr.William Odion and Assistant Secretary,ASUU,AAU,Ekpoma-Dr.Cuyril Oziegbe Onogbosele.
The Memo titled:RESOLUTIONS OF CONGRESS OF JUNE 8, 2022 reads;
The Congress of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University (AAU),Ekpoma Chapter was in session today,Wednesday, 8th June, 2022.Congress received update on the ongoing national strike and deliberated upon non-payment of outstanding emoluments (salaries,check-off dues and other deductions)of staff;the selective payment of January and February 2022 salaries of staff in the University;incitement and mobilisation of students for protest against the Union by the University Administration;the University’s circular on Interim Joint Matriculation Board (UMB) Examination and the extension of the tenure of the Special Intervention Team (SIT) of the University.
After exhaustive deliberations,Congress noted and resolved as follows:
1. Congress noted the report on the ongoing negotiation between the Government and the Union in respect of the ongoing strike and resolved to abide by all the resolutions of the National Executive Council (NEC) on the strike.Furthermore,Congress reaffirmed its earlier resolution directing all members of the Union to sustain the withdrawal of their statutory duties or services and stay away from the University campus until otherwise directed by the Union.
2. Having received update on non-payment of outstanding emoluments of staff for seventeen (17) months and the continuing denial of payment of January and February 2022 salaries to some members of the Union,Congress implored the University Administration to resolve the issues without further delay.Consequently,Congress reaffirmed its earlier resolution that if the aforesaid issues are not resolved by the University Administration, members of the Union will not resume for their statutory duties in the University when the national strike is suspended.
3.Congress condemned the alleged incitement of students and the general public against the Union and its leadership by the University Administration over the ongoing strike. Congress was also upset and worried about the protest against the Union by “students” in Edo State Government House in Benin City on Tuesday, 7th June, 2022, allegedly financed and sponsored by the University Administration.In the aforementioned protest, the “students” demanded for the proscription of the
Union to allow resumption of academic activities.Congress described this as an
action (proscription of the Union) that would be illegal and that it will compound the crisis in the University.Congress urged the University Administration to desist from blackmailing the Union and the use of falsehood and propaganda in dealing with the salary crisis in the University.About the threats of proscription of the Union and/or its activities,implementation of “no work,no pay” policy and sack of members of the Union over issues in the national and local strike,Congress strongly be resolved and directed members not to resume work if the threats are carried out by the University Administration/State Government.The Union further resolved and mandated the EXCO to engage the Press or Media over the aforesaid threats (if actualised)and take necessary legal action for and on behalf of the Union.
4. Finally,Congress noted the report on monitoring of the ongoing strike that indicated impressive compliance with the Union’s resolutions on the ongoing strike. Congress also noted the extension of the tenure of SIT by six (6) months by the State Government. Having received briefing that AAU,Ekpoma was a centre for Interim Joint Matriculation Board (IJMB)examination,Congress resolved and directed the Executive Committee (EXCO)to seek clarification from ASUU National on the position of the Union over members’ participation in the conduct of the IJMB examination during ASUU strike for guidance of members.
United we bargain! Divided we beg!!
Dr. William Odion
Dr. Cyril Oziegbe Onogbosele
Chairperson, ASUU, AAU, Ekpoma
Assistant Secretary, ASUU, AAU, Ekpoma.
For and on behalf of all members of ASUU, AAU, Ekpoma
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