Members of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna yesterday called off the bluff of federal government vowing not to suspend the five month old strike or sign the register opened for them by the institution.
The University authority had Monday opened a register for academic staff of the institution to sign in the office of the Registrar in compliant with the federal government directive.
The management in a statement issued on Monday said, “Following the directive by the Supervising Minister of Education, Barrister Ezenwo Nyesom Wike with the Vice Chancellors of Federal Universities on Friday, November 29, 2013 and his directive that universities should resume on or before Wednesday, December 4, 2013, the university has opened a register in the Office of the Registrar for all Academic staff to sign in their names on resumption of duty with effect from Monday, December 2, 2013″.
But the ASUU congress of the institution yesterday unanimously resolved not to have anything to do with the register opened by the institution until the federal government implement the 2009 agreement it had with the union.
Addressing newsmen after the congress, the branch Chairman, Dr. Abdulfatai Jimoh said, “FUT Minna branch of ASUU today Monday December 2013 at the end of our congress resolved that we are 100 per cent in support of the decision of ASUU NEC and in support of the four conditions as contented in the letter sent by NEC to the President Goodluck Jonathan.
We resolved not to suspend strike unless the conditions are met”.
He said the threat of mass sack by the federal government was laughable stressing that the union was not making any new demand outside the 2009 agreement as government claimed.
“It is shocking that a democratic government would issue threats of mass sack like this. It is laughable, the congress is not worried or bothered about the threat.
The Minister is not our employer so he cannot sack us.
“There are procedure for engaging and disengaging staff in the university. The Minister needs to be enlightened on the manner universities are run”, Jimoh said.
The ASUU boss then appealed to parents and students to bear with the union, maintaining that the union was sincere in its struggle for the revitalisation of the education and that once they receive the reply to their letter sent to President Jonathan, they would act on it immediately.
Jimoh then called on the federal government to take the part of honour by meeting its obligation as contained in the 2009 agreement, as according to him, “ASUU has done its bit”.
Visit to the two campuses of the institution by our correspondent revealed that lecture halls, studios, laboratories and workshops were still under lock and keys.
It was also gathered that no academic staff has signed the register opened as at the close of work yesterday.
The acting Registrar of the institution, Malam Garba Abdullahi in a telephone interview, confirmed opening register but said it was too early to assess the level of compliance by the striking lecturers.
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