The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai, Niger State, says it is not aware of any resumption plan as circulated by the school management on Tuesday.
In a statement signed by the institution’s information officer, Baba Akote, the management instructed all the students and staff to resume second semester academic activities on September 5, 2022.
According to Akote, the decision was made at the university’s 55th regular council meeting held on Tuesday.
But Professor Dangana Kolo, the union chairman who spoke to WikkiTimes, said the union is still on strike, in solidarity with the national body. He added that the Niger State government has not settled with the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of the university.
According to him, there are allowances being held by the Abubakar Sani Bello-led administration. These include; Earned Academic Allowances and Minimum Wage allowances among others.
On why they still continue with the strike, Dangana said the national body is agitating for the revitalisation of public universities and when the benefits come, state universities enjoy it especially “Needs Assessment.”
“It is the management that is calling students,” Dangana told WikkiTimes, adding the management made the decision authoritatively without consulting the concerned unions.
WikkiTimes understands the management’s decision is in tandem with the action of its Deputy Vice-Chancellor (DVC), Academy, Professor Mohammed Aliyu Paiko, who withdrew his membership from ASUU yesterday over a derogatory statement by ASUU national chairman, Professor Victor Emmanuel Osodeke.
Paiko in an open letter to Osodeke through Dangana, explained that his decision was in reaction to Osodeke’s statement against state universities he referred to as “quacks and Irrelevant.”
Efforts to reach the management were fruitless at press time, as the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Abu Kasim Adamu did not respond to calls and enquiries sent to him.