Ambrose Alli University strike not over – ASUU

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It is not true that the Ambrose Alli University (AAU) in Ekpoma, Edo State, has called off strike action embarked on by the lecturers.

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) in AAU has urged members of the public to dismiss the December 20 resumption date allegedly announced by the management of the institution.

The union in a statement signed by Monday Igbafen and Anthony Aizebioje-Coker, chairman and secretary respectively of ASUU AAU, and made available to journalists in Benin City, said the 9-month-old nationwide strike approved by the national body has not been suspended to necessitate the reopening of the university.

The institution’s chapter of the union, who said it received information credited to the  university’s administration that “the university reopens for activities on 20th December, 2020,” restated their total compliance with the ongoing strike.

According to the statement, for ASUU AAU, Ekpoma, the strike has not been suspended as only  the national leadership of the union can direct the suspension of the strike.

“ASUU AAU, Ekpoma wishes to advise our dear students, parents and guardians that ASUU AAU, Ekpoma is fully on strike, like other branches in public Universities, and therefore   they   should   be   guided   not   to   risk  the lives of our dear students by allowing them to risk their lives unnecessarily on our treacherous roads because of a purported resumption of activities in the university.

“Indeed, it is the strong view of the union that it will be counterproductive to reopen the university when our members will not be available to attend to the students in any way or teach because of the on-going strike,” the statement reads.

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