April 30, 2016

ASUU Bayelsa Chapter Commences On Indefinite Strike Over Lack Of Payment Of Salaries

ASUU Bayelsa Chapter Commences On Indefinite Strike Over Lack Of Payment Of Salaries 

The lecturers of the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University,
Amassoma, have proceeded on an indefinite strike over their four months
unpaid salaries.

The Bayelsa State Government is owing the lecturers and non-academic staff of the university since January 2016.

Shedding
light on the industrial action on Friday, an NDU lecturer and Chairman,
Academic Staff Union of Universities, Port Harcourt Zone, Prof. Beke
Sese, said the decision to proceed on what he described as work-to-rule
action was taken on Thursday by 3.30 pm.

Sese said,

“Yes,
the work to rule action was ratified by the National Executive Council
of ASUU. The national visitation team came to the university and spent
three days and we met with the deputy governor, John Jonah
.
“They
also met with the Vice Chancellor and the congress. When they come like
this, before they give permission to the branch to embark on an action,
they will carry out a comprehensive assessment of the situation and
then ensure that strike is inevitable or can be averted.

“And
then they even make effort to see if they can resolve the situation. All
that they did. But all the deputy governor said was that we could go
and that the government can only pay our salaries when the economy
improves.

“And the question is these are people that have been
working for four months without salaries and look at the circumstance of
the Niger Delta University where more than 90 per cent of the lecturers
and non academic staff live in Yenagoa, about 90 kilometres from
Amassoma without salaries.

“Worst of all, at a time when most of
the period, we are buying fuel for more than N200 per litre, this matter
becomes unbearable. You cannot imagine the hardship members have been
going through.”

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