Our campus Correspondent
The Academic Staff Union of Universities ( ASUU) Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), chapter,Anambra State has said it will not join in the ongoing one-month warning strike embarked upon by their members nationwide.
Chairman of ASUU-COOU, Prof. Osita Chiaghanam said this in a press briefing, adding that the state-owned university would not be shut down because the students would be the losers.
According to him, ASUU-COOU chapter placed a high premium on students’ studies and would not disappoint them by joining the strike.
ASUU had on Monday, embarked on a one-month warning strike following the federal government’s failure to honour the agreements it had with the union since 2009.
The agreement includes the replacement of Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) with the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS); release of the reports of visitation panels to federal universities; and improved funding for revitalisation of public universities and others.
According to COOU- ASUU chairperson, the Anambra State government was adequately funding the university with prompt payment of staff salaries, infrastructure and enabling environment for academic activities.
He said,“We don’t receive our payments through IPPIS. The revitalisation is a general matter. Our state government always pay our salaries; arrears, pensions and promotions have been cleared. Our University is running smoothly. That is why we don’t have to join the strike. Go round the university community to confirm to yourself .You can see students being attended to”.
He dismissed the allegations that a splinter ASUU group in the university had joined the one -month strike, noting that the majority of the university staff were members of ASUU-Progressive and as such, would not listen to a few misguided individuals.
“We are an internal pressure group with a job to ensure that life is kicking. Our effort is to safeguard our union from being misused or misguided by a few individuals. To correct what the main ASUU in our University are doing which are contrary to the expectations of the university that is desirous to see that things are done the right way as they should be. And also protect the welfare of the staff,” Chiaghanam stated.