Lec­tur­ers leav­ing Kogi State Univer­sity – ASUU

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The Kogi State Univer­sity chap­ter of the Aca­demic Staff Union of Uni­ver­si­ties (ASUU) has raised alarm over pro­gres­sive ex­o­dus of qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers from the in­sti­tu­tion.

The chair­man of the chap­ter, Dr Oluwagbe­miga Aina, made the re­mark while brief­ing news­men in Lokoja yes­ter­day.

He said the ex­o­dus was ad­versely af­fect­ing the qual­ity of teach­ing and re­search and other aca­demic ac­tiv­i­ties in the univer­sity.

He at­trib­uted the cause to de­lay in pay­ment of salaries and other sundry is­sues like non­pay­ment of out­stand­ing Earned Aca­demic Al­lowance from 2009 to 2014. Aina said no fewer than 50 qual­i­fied lec­tur­ers had left the univer­sity for greener pas­tures.

“Where there are de­lays in pay­ment of salaries, the chances of cor­rup­tion is rife,” he said.

The chair­man ac­cused the gov­ern­ment of fail­ing to pay N1.1 bil­lion out­stand­ing ar­rears of earned aca­demic al­lowances till date.

“Af­ter the ini­tial pay­ment of N125 mil­lion, the gov­ern­ment re­neged on its promised monthly in­stall-men­tal pay­ment of N25 mil­lion,” he said.

He ap­pealed to Gov. Ya­haya Bello, the Vis­i­tor to the univer­sity, to in­ter­vene to save the univer­sity from col­lapse by re­solv­ing all out­stand­ing is­sues in­volv­ing work­ers and the gov­ern­ment.

Com­ment­ing on the two months old strike em­barked upon by lec­tur­ers of the in­sti­tu­tion, Aina vowed that the ac­tion would be sus­tained un­til all their en­ti­tle­ments were paid.

“In fact, the res­o­lu­tion of congress is that the ac­tion will be in­voked any­time de­lay in salary pay­ment goes be­yond the sev­enth day of the suc­ceed­ing month,” he said.

He de­bunked claims that mem­bers of the union re­quested for tax ex­emp­tion, say­ing they only re­quested for waiver and re­bate to make up for the huge tax they paid in the past.

The ASUU chair­man com­mended Gov. Bello for sum­mon­ing the courage to san­i­tize the state civil ser­vice.

“No doubt, the state is be­dev­illed by rot and cor­rup­tion of vary­ing mag­ni­tudes and di­men­sions. The rot in the civil ser­vice ap­peared to have de­fied so­lu­tions un­til re­cently, “he said. (NAN)

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