By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI—EBONYI State government, yesterday, froze all the accounts of Ebonyi State University, EBSU, Abakaliki, following the impasse between it and the constitution of the institution’s chapter of Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU.
Governor David Umahi, who made this known during a state-wide broadcast at the Government House, Abakaliki, also sacked the institution’s bursar.
Recall that EBSU-ASUU, last Sunday, declared an indefinite industrial action following perceived unfriendly policies of the present administration.
Umahi also suspended the current ASUU chairman, Professor Ndubuisi Idenyi, and his predecessor, Professor Emeka Nwakpu, over what he described as gross misconduct.
The governor, who agreed with ASUU over the amendment of the law establishing the institution, explained that the House of Assembly would begin the immediate amendment of the law to ensure normalcy in the university system.
On the ASUU strike, Governor Umahi said any lecturer, who refused to go back to work would not be paid his or her salaries and directed the state commissioner for Education, Professor John Eke, to open a register at the institution to monitor the level of compliance to his directive.
He appealed to the striking lecturers to call off the strike as government was prepared to ensure the restructuring of the entire system.
He said: “I, hereby, suspend all the check-up dues and deductions being collected by the union. The present ASUU leadership in place has expired. The ASUU in place is illegal and we will not discuss with them. The lecturers should conduct fresh election for a new leadership.
“From next Monday, any staff of the university that will not go back to work will not be paid. I appeal to them to go back to work.
“The Commissioner for Education should go to the school and put up a register to monitor the level of compliance.”