The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ambrose Alli University, AAUA Ekpoma chapter, yesterday, said it would embark on strike on Thursday over four months salary arrears being owed them by the state government.
Rising from a meeting on Monday March, 15, the lecturers however said that they will not disrupt the ongoing examination by the students strike but will commence the strike upon conclusion of the ongoing examinations in the university.
A joint statement by chairman of the local chapter of the union, Prof. Monday Igbafen and the secretary, Dr. AA Aizebioje-Coker disclosed that the branch has been given approval to commence strike on 25th March, 2021 upon conclusion of the ongoing examinations in the university.
Igbafen and Aizebioje-Coker said: “Consequently, congress advised the university administration and all university’s appropriate committees on examinations to ensure that all examinations are concluded on or before 25th March, 2021 and directed members to stay away from all academic activities and statutory meetings effective 25th March, 2021 in compliance with the strike.”
Determined to ensure the success of the strike, the chairman and secretary noted that a Strike Monitoring Committee will be set up to monitor and report erring members or violators of the strike for disciplinary action, adding that the names of members who are involved in unethical and sharp practices and thriving in the business of collecting of illegal monies, blocking and male and female sexual harassment will be compiled for necessary action.
They listed other grievances to include non-remittance of check-off dues and sundry deductions for close to a year by the trustees, principal officers and zonal coordinators of the union.