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Akwa Ibom varsity lecturers defy ‘no work, no pay’ threat, insist strike continues

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Lecturers of the Akwa Ibom State College (AKSU) have defied the ‘no work, no pay’ risk, refusing to renew work.

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A go to to the establishment by a DAILY POST correspondent, revealed that actions within the establishment are but to renew as directed by the Governor originally of June.

The establishment’s actions at each campuses in Ikot Akpaden in Mkpat Enin Native Authorities Space and Obio Akpa in Oruk Anam Native Authorities Space had been grounded to a halt after lecturers downed instruments on Monday, April 19, 2021.

The 4 unions within the establishment comprising of the Tutorial Employees College Union(ASUU), Non Tutorial Employees Union (NASU), Senior Employees Affiliation of Nigerian Universities(SSANU) and the Nigerian Affiliation of Tutorial Technologists (NAAT) had, over seven weeks in the past, launched into an industrial motion in demand for the cost of backlog of their salaries, stoppage of cost of salaries on share foundation, cost of go away grants and different entitlements.

The Vice Chancellor, Prof. Nse Essien, had directed all of the workers members to renew duties on Monday, June 7, 2021 or danger their June wage whereas urging college students to return to highschool for full tutorial actions.

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In a launch signed by the Registrar, Mr John Udo, the Vice Chancellor famous: “all workers members of Akwa Ibom State College ought to return to their responsibility posts by Monday, June 07, 2021 and cost of salaries from the month of June 2021 shall be based mostly on “no work no pay” Authorities coverage.

“The Vice-Chancellor has appealed to all members of workers to conform accordingly.”

Following the discharge by the Registrar on Monday, college students reported again to the 2 campuses however had been reportedly despatched again on the gate by the Joint Motion Committee (JAC), comprising the 4 unions.

It was gathered that on the primary campus in Ikot Akpaden, lecturers below the auspices of Joint Motion Committee (JAC), positioned themselves on the entrance of the gate to bar college students from coming into the premises.

In a programme tagged, ‘The Governor Speaks’, often aired on each the state-owned and personal radio stations within the state, Emmanuel stated the lecturers don’t have any excuse embarking on a strike revealing that he remits a N327 million subvention to the administration each month.

He added that the lecturers of the establishment are the very best paid within the nation. He stated the strike began after he insisted that the establishment follows the wage scale offered by the Nationwide Universities Fee (NUC) relevant in different universities throughout the nation.

“I give the Akwa Ibom State College N327 million each month as a grant. Additionally, going by the figures I’ve, lecturers in AKSU obtain the very best salaries wherever within the nation.

“For sustainability, I made a decision that we align with the NUC wage scale relevant all over the place within the nation, that’s the crux of the disagreement,” he stated.

Responding to his claims, Dr Ime Okop, the ASUU chairman within the establishment, stated the place of the union relating to the strike wouldn’t change because the lecturers weren’t ready to shift grounds till all their salaries and different entitlements had been settled by the State authorities.

He stated he wouldn’t argue whether or not the Governor gave the N327 Million subvention to the varsity administration or not, saying that the administration is in a greater place to reply the query.

“What the governor went on air to say will not be what we’ll contest, it’s left for the administration to clarify, however, what we all know is that the college has been receiving the sum of N250 million as month-to-month subvention as at 2019,” he stated.

“So, if the State authorities has elevated it to N327 Million, it’s left for the administration to clarify, and tell us when the quantity was elevated.

“We’re asking for our salaries to be paid in full and different allowances, we now have been receiving half salaries, share salaries, and you can not inform which month you had been paid or not.

“Sending safety males to forcefully open the gate wouldn’t clear up the issue, now that they’ve succeeded in opening the gate, would additionally they pressure us to renew lectures?” The ASUU boss queried.

The scholars have expressed displeasure over the event lamenting that they’d be those to bear the brunt of the disaster.

They known as on the State Authorities, the varsity administration and the unions to return to a compromise in order that tutorial actions would resume within the college.

In addition they threatened to embark on a protest if the involved authorities did not name off the strike.

The Chairman of the Training Committee, Akwa Ibom State Home of Meeting, Hon Godwin Ekpo, has additionally urged the Vice Chancellor to do every part doable to settle the lingering downside within the college.

He famous that the Home was involved that the strike had adversely affected the completion agenda of the current authorities, during which schooling fashioned a important level.

He stated, “We urge you to do every part inside your powers to carry to an finish this lingering challenge within the Establishment and be certain that regular tutorial actions are restored.”

Recall that as a measure to place an finish to the frequent strike within the establishment; the Akwa Ibom State authorities, administration and the unions within the college had on January, 4, 2021 reached resolutions to deal with the scenario.

The resolutions included amongst others, quick cost of three months’ backlog of 25 per cent wage arrears to workers members of AKSU for January, February and March 2020, Full cost of salaries; and structure of a Visitation Panel by the Customer of the college, Udom Emmanuel, that might tackle pending points within the establishment.

The Panel was ultimately constituted and headed by the Chief of Employees to the governor, Mr Ephraim Inyang-eyen, who additionally had submitted the panel’s report back to the State Authorities.

The report nonetheless is but to be made public.

It was gathered that the State Authorities solely paid one month of full salaries and relapsed to the earlier association of paying half salaries within the subsequent months whereas go away allowances and different entitlements weren’t paid.

The unions of the college noticed that as a breach of belief by the State authorities and the administration of the establishment as they did not implement the resolutions reached throughout their January assembly.

This made them embark on strike since April 17 and the particular time for its suspension will not be ascertained as they’ve refused to renew duties regardless of the specter of no work, no pay coverage.

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