The Niger Delta University (NDU) branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has said that it has resolved to initiate the processes that would lead to resuming its 2016 suspended strike.
Addressing journalists at the University’s auditorium on Wednesday, the Chairman of the branch, Prof. Tonbara Kingdom said:
“We are tired and frustrated by the uncooperative attitude of the Bayelsa State Government towards the funding and welfare of members of staff of Niger Delta University. For the records, staff of Niger Delta University are yet to enjoy the minimum wage signed into law in April 2019 while workers of the mainstream civil service and other MDA’s including Bayelsa Medical University established yesterday, are enjoying the minimum wage. NDU is left to suffer.
“What is our offence? Promotion was not implemented in NDU between October 2015 and September 2019, neither was annual step increment implemented since October 2015 till date. We have unpaid salaries of some staff between October 2013 and December 2015. We also have unpaid study fellowships. The working conditions of staff is terrible. There are no residential quarters in the University, more than 20 years after it was established. Who did we offend?
“Worst of all, is the ill-advised and poorly implemented subvention policy. A subvention policy that does not take into consideration annual promotions and step increments. A subvention policy that does not capture pension. Niger Delta University has the capacity to be one of the best universities in Nigeria, if not Africa. Bayelsa State Government must wake up to its responsibility. ASUU NDU is tired. ASUU should not be blamed.”