Ebonyi University Joins ASUU Strike, Pledges to Save Education System

The Ebonyi State University branch of the Universities Academic Staff Union, ASUU, on Thursday vowed to join its national organization in order to save the Nigerian education system from total collapse.

The leadership of the Union made the statement in a statement signed by its Acting President, Dr. Ikechukwu Igwenyi, and made available to the media in Abakaliki, the capital of Ebonyi State.

Igwenyi said, “Ebonyi State rose at the end of its emergency congress on Thursday, February 2022, with an overwhelming resolution to activate the 4-week national strike declared by ASUU.”

He said ASUU’s EBSU chapter was activating and joining the strike “because ASUU is a national union that ensures our well-being and protects staff and institutions from the ‘distracting’ and destructive forces of a government. irresponsible,” adding that EBSU as an essential branch of the Union has been affected by all the demands made by the Union.

The ASUU President said the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Union had called the strike “considering that the government had not fully implemented the memorandum of action it had signed with the Union Academic Staff of Universities (ASUU) on December 23, 2020.

“Given that the draft report of the FGN/ASUU agreement renegotiated in 2009 has been submitted for finalization for over nine months and noting that the forced payment of salaries and emoluments of ASUU members with the integrated payroll and Information System (IPPIS) and non-adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) continued to mislead our members. »

He said that by “activating and joining the nationwide strike action today, there will now be no academic activities ranging from teaching, seminary and advocacy to statutory Senate meetings, of the Council, of the convocation or of the registration”.

The ASUU President said they would resume teaching as soon as the strike was suspended and called on parents, students and well-meaning Nigerians to join them in saving the university education system from the collapse.

He argued that it would amount to an act of historic irresponsibility on their part to sit and watch idly while our heroes’ past gains were destroyed by the ruling class.

Janice G. Ball