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  • Updated: June 21, 2024

Kebbi government reacts to ASUU's threat of strike

Kebbi government reacts to ASUU's threat of strike

The Kebbi State Government has reacted to the threat of imminent strike by the state union of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, over their unmet demands to the government.

The State Commissioner for Higher Education, Alhaji Isah Abubakar Tunga, said the press conference by the ASUU was needless as the state government has commenced addressing their demands.

He said the State Governor, Nasir Idris in his capacity as an educationist has placed premium on the educational development of the state.

Describing the press conference as hasty, Tunga said: "The union chairman should have contacted me for an update on the payment of their consequential adjustment. The memo I submitted to the Governor has been forwarded to the Due Process Office.

"Due Process has completed work on the file, immediately the Governor returns from the Hajj, he will give his approval and payment will be effected."

As contained in a statement by Yahaya Sarki, the Governor's Spokesperson, the Commissioner said the governor has already increased cash allocation to the State University of Science and Technology, Aliero from N5 million to N15 million to enable the institution's management offset part of the arrears owed lecturers.

He said "The Branch ASUU Chairman was a beneficiary, he rang me to say 'thank you'," and added that the state government was finalizing efforts to secure N1.5 billion TETFund intervention for the university.

The Commissioner further said: "I am appealing to all citizens to remain patient and rally round the benevolent administration of Comrade, Dr. Nasir Idris, Kauran Gwandu, within the limited resources of the state, he has satisfied the enormous demands of the people.

"The lingering issues in the University was inherited from the previous administration, Kauran Gwandu has acted swiftly to resolve them. He has itemised nine priority areas for intervention. 

"The Governor has set up a committee comprising membership from Higher Education and Health for the conversion of the Kebbi Medical Centre, Kalgo, into a Teaching Hospital for the KSUSTA. Kaura is highly committed to the progress and excellence of the University, basic and tertiary education in Kebbi."

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