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ASUU refutes resumption claim, says institution still on strike

ASUU refutes resumption claim, says institution still on strike

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ambrose Alli University (AAU), Ekpoma chapter, on Tuesday 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 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, which said it received information credited to the university’s administration that “the university reopens for activities on December 20, 2020,” restated their total compliance with the ongoing strike.

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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 ongoing strike,” they said.