ASUU UniAbuja Laments Five-Year Administrative Setback, Continues Strike

The ASUU at the University of Abuja criticizes the past administration's impact and vows to continue its strike until demands are met.

ASUU UniAbuja Laments Five-Year Administrative Setback, Continues Strike
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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Abuja, has expressed profound concern over what it describes as a tumultuous period marked by missed opportunities and controversial decisions over the past five years. Speaking at the end of its congress in Abuja, Dr. Sylvanus Ugoh, Chairman of the ASUU branch, emphasized the adverse impact of recent administrative choices on the institution.

Dr. Ugoh emphaised the exit of former Vice Chancellor Prof. Abdulrasheed Na’Allah as a hopeful transition toward positive change under new management. He lamented the institution's decline in academic ranking, noting a significant drop from ninth to twenty-seventh place during Na’Allah’s tenure.

"We are celebrating the departure of the Vice Chancellor who marred this university over the last five years," remarked Dr. Ugoh. "The university witnessed an onslaught of academic activities, setting us back significantly. It's a relief that this era has concluded."

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The ongoing strike, initiated on May 2, 2024, reinforces ASUU's demand for the rectification of various institutional irregularities, including the absence of a governing council during key decisions on staff appointments and promotions.

"We didn't strike because of the Vice Chancellor," clarified Dr. Ugoh. "The strike addresses blatant illegalities that must be corrected promptly."

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Dr. Kassim Umaru, former ASUU branch chairman, echoed these sentiments, urging government intervention to salvage the University of Abuja from the aftermath of past leadership policies.

In response, Dr. Habib Yakoob, spokesperson for the University of Abuja, defended the tenure of Prof. Abdul-Rasheed Na’Allah, citing significant developmental strides across the institution during his leadership. He expressed hope for continuity under Acting Vice Chancellor Prof. Aisha Sani Maikudi, emphasizing the need for ASUU's cooperation to breed institutional stability.

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The union remains resolute in its stance, awaiting government intervention to resolve longstanding grievances and restore normalcy to the university community.

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