ASUU Begins Indefinite Strike In Abuja Amid New VC Appointment Row

Adoga Stephen By Adoga Stephen - Editor-In-Chief
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The University of Abuja chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) started an indefinite strike on Thursday, May 2nd.

The branch’s chairman, Dr. Sylvanus Ugoh, confirmed this decision after a meeting at the institution’s permanent site.

The UniAbuja ASUU chapter has been in disagreement with the outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’allah, and the Minister of Education, Prof. Tahir Mamman, over the appointment of a new VC.

On March 15, 2024, an advertisement in a national newspaper called for the replacement of Na’Allah.

However, ASUU members rejected the ad during a conference, calling it “illegal” and stating that it did not come from the governing council.

Ugoh pointed out that the Universities Miscellaneous Provision Act 1993, as amended in 2003 and 2012 (Section 3, subsections 1 and 2), only gives the governing council the authority to advertise the VC position when it becomes vacant.

“You will recall that the university administration placed an advertisement for the vacancy of the post of Vice-Chancellor on Friday, March 15, 2024,” Ugoh said.

He stated that no other organ or individual has the legal authority to start the process of appointing a new VC.

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