Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Acting Vice-chancellor, Prof. Sunny Adagbonyin remains adamant on government directive, refuses to pay outstanding salaries, Myschoolnews.ng observed.
Twelve days after the clear directive by the Edo State Government for the immediate payment of all outstanding salaries of workers in the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, the Management of the University led by the Acting Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sunnie Adagbonyin remained adamant as he has bluntly refused to comply.
It would be recalled that the Secretary to the state government, Mr Osarodion Ogie was unequivocal in paragraph 5 of the state government’s special announcement dated June 8, 2022, on the suspension of activities of unions in all state-owned tertiary institutions in the state to wit: “Management of the affected institutions has been mandated to pay all outstanding salaries immediately”.
Findings, however, revealed that rather than obey the government directives in this regard, the Acting Vice-Chancellor of the University was said to be playing the ostrich with the workers’ salaries, pretending to be holding meetings of different categories of staff and other office holders in the University to give the wrong impression to the state government that things are happening in the university in terms of resumption.
Workers in the University have also expressed concern that apart from his refusal to pay all outstanding salaries as directed by the state government, Prof. Adagonyin has remained insensitive to the ragging issue of the more than 350 staff of the University that had their January and February salaries stopped on the arbitrary order and directive of the University’s Special Intervention Team (SIT) without any specific reason, explanation, query or existing disciplinary action against the affected staff and the payment of outstanding emoluments of workers.
The workers further alleged that in concretizing the violation of the directive of the state government, the University’s Acting Vice-Chancellor has also waged vicious arm-twisting tactics, threats, wicked propaganda and blackmail against workers, including an illegal decision of a retroactive implementation of the policy of “no work no pay”, effective March salary this year, when the state government’s directive had not come into effect.
Based on this alleged recalcitrant attitude of the Acting VC, according to reports, the workers have now vowed that nothing meaningful will take place in the University till the resolution of the salary crisis and the suspension of the ongoing nationwide strike by all staff unions in public universities in the country, resolving to continue to stay away from the university campus.