Abia varsity urges ASUU members not to go on strike

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The management of Abia State University, Uturu, has encouraged members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, to postpone their planned strike.

ASUU members recently threatened to go on strike over 11 months of salary arrears due to them by the school.

However, the university management, in a press release signed by the Registrar, Acho Elendu, stated that going on strike is not the best option for the teachers because it will disrupt the current academic cycle.

The institution, which stated that it does not owe the ASUU members anything, emphasized that it has been paying their wages on a regular basis since the current administration took over, and that the Abia State Government has also been consistent in releasing monthly subventions.

According to Acho Elendu, Abia State University is “technically not owing any staff salaries.”

He did, however, confess that the current ABSU management inherited 10 months of salary arrears from the school’s previous administration and cleared five months of the inherited liabilities, with intentions to liquidate the remainder.

According to the school, ASUU members defied the university’s guidance by participating in the 2022 8-month strike, which cut short the already planned salary arrears clearance.

It also urged professors to engage in conversation and consider the interests of students and the university in general by cancelling the planned strike.

However, one of the academics, who only identified himself as Bro Kalu, stated that the university administration should pay their salary arrears and quit the blame game.

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