UNI­JOS ASUU, VC dis­agree on strike

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Hir Joseph, Jos

The Aca­demic Staff Union of Uni­ver­si­ties (ASUU) at the Univer­sity of Jos (UNI­JOS), yes­ter­day, faulted the Vice Chan­cel­lor, Pro­fes­sor Hayford Ma­fuyai, on his com­ment that the on­go­ing strike by the union sur­prised him be­cause mem­bers did not give the man­age­ment prior no­tice.

“We con­sider the VC’s claims that we did not give him and the man­age­ment any prior no­tice an in­sult. We are not a law­less union. We fol­lowed due pro­ce­dure to the let­ter be­fore em­bark­ing on the strike,” Dr. Christo­pher Pi­wune told Daily Trust in Jos, yes­ter­day.

He added: “We know the pro­ce­dures; there is none that we cir­cum­vented. We keep to the labour laws of the coun­try.”

The Vice Chan­cel­lor had said on Mon­day that the strike took him by sur­prise. “The strike took me by sur­prise be­cause I was not given any no­tice, as re­quired by in­dus­trial law. There was com­pletely no fair hear­ing; the univer­sity man­age­ment, stu­dents, par­ents and stake­hold­ers are shocked and in the dark over the said.

But Dr. Pi­wune pro­vided ev­i­dence of writ­ten com­mu­ni­ca­tion, which in­di­cated that the union wrote the Vice Chan­cel­lor on June 19, re­mind­ing him of prom­ises made by the man­age­ment to pay the Earned Aca­demic Al­lowance, and Post­grad­u­ate Su­per­vi­sion Al­lowance to mem­bers.

Pi­wune added that they also warned that mem­bers would pro­ceed on strike if their de­mands were not met.

“The VC replied us through the deputy reg­is­trar in his


Ma­fuyai of­fice, on June 23, promis­ing that the bal­ance of the Earned Aca­demic Al­lowances will be paid in two weeks; and the Post­grad­u­ate Su­per­vi­sion Al­lowance will be paid at the end of July,” he said, adding that on Au­gust 6, fol­low­ing the fail­ure of the man­age­ment to ful­fil its prom­ise, a meet­ing was held be­tween the union, its zonal lead­er­ship and the man­age­ment.

“The Vice Chan­cel­lor at the meet­ing said our de­mands will be met by Au­gust 21. We are ap­proach­ing the end of Oc­to­ber, two months af­ter the Au­gust 21 date he promised to meet our de­mands,” he said.

On claims by the VC that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Sin­gle Trea­sury Ac­count (TSA) pol­icy has af­fected the univer­sity’s ac­cess to funds, Pi­wune said, “it is not true. The state­ment is de­ceit­ful”.

“The VC signed a let­ter on Jan­uary 3, 2014, promis­ing to pay. He signed an­other one on April 7, 2014, to make part pay­ment on May 4 of 2014. He again shifted the date to June 3, 2015. Was there TSA in place at such pe­ri­ods? When they promised to ad­dress all is­sues at the end of July, was there TSA,” he added.

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