By Peter Okutu
ABAKALIKI- EBONYI state government Wednesday froze all the accounts of Ebonyi State University, Abakaliki, following the impasse between it and the constitution of the current leadership of the Academic Staff Union of University, ASUU of the institution.
Governor David Umahi who made this known during a state-wide broadcast at the Government House, Abakaliki sacked the Bursar of EBSU, Chris Nguta because of the faulty procedure that led to his reappointment and declared the constitution of the present ASUU leadership illegal and out of order since their tenure has expired.
Recall that EBSU-ASUU on Sunday by 12 midnight declared an indefinite industrial action following some perceived unfriendly policies of the present administration.
The Governor also suspended the current ASUU Chairman, Prof Ndubuisi Idenyi and his predecessor, Prof. Emeka Nwakpu over what he described as gross misconduct on their own part.
Umahi who agreed with ASUU over the amendment of the Law establishing the institution explained that the House of Assembly would soon begin the immediate amendment of the Law to ensure total normalcy in the University system.
On the ASUU strike, the Governor said any lecturer who refused to go back to work would not be paid his or her salaries and directed the State Commissioner of Education, Prof. John Eke to open a Register at the institution to monitor the level of compliant to his directive.
He appealed to the striking lecturer to call off the strike as the State government was prepared to ensure the restructuring of the entire University system in the state.
“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 will not discuss with them. The Lecturers should conduct fresh election for a new leadership.
“Effective from monday next week any staff of the University that will not go back to work will not be paid. I appealed to them to go back to work. The Commissioner of Education should go to the school and put up a register to monitor the level of compliance”. Ends