EBSU has not resumed, still on nationwide strike - ASUU Chairman


By Solomon Okemini

 Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (ASUU),  Ebonyi State University Chapter on Wednesday, debunked rumour making that the school has resumed for academic activities, noting that members in the institution are still on the nationwide strike.

It recalls that Ebonyi Governor, David Umahi and the School Management had on Tuesday announced that the matriculation ceremony for 2019/2020  would be holding on Saturday, Nov. 14.

The Union's Chairman in the School, Associate Prof. Ikechukwu Igwenyi,  told reporters that one of its members would coerced to attend the fixed matriculation.

"Despite the strike,  our salaries are being owed for five months. We are still on the nationwide strike, so, where and how will they say, that we have resumed for academic activities. 

"The strike embarked upon by the union across Nigeria is still in force in our own school. Parents should allow their children to embark on traveling for school. The reports in the social media announcing that academic activities have resumed in the school is false and misleading.

"We are not unaware of the 2019/2020 matriculation ceremony of the school reportedly scheduled to hold on Saturday.

"Let me tell you, no member of the union would attend the purported ceremony and none of its members will be induced or coerced to attend the matriculation nor to resume academic activities.

"ASUU is still on a national strike, that is total, comprehensive and indefinite. And when strike action is total and comprehensive it means there shall be no academic activities.

"Matriculation, convocation, Senate, faculty board meetings, department board meetings, lectures, both online and classroom lectures are highly prohibited. So, if there is any news about academic resumption in EBSU, we are not aware.our salaries need to be paid.

"If you have visited the school, COVID-19 safety protocols, security and other relevant provisions for the resumption of academic activities in the school have not been provided by the school management or state government," Igwenyi explained.

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