RESOLUTIONS OF THE CONGRESS OF AAU, EKPOMA WORKERS (NON-TEACHING) HELD TODAY (09/06/22).
Arising from the Special Announcement released by Edo State Government, suspending Union activities in state-owned tertiary institutions in the state, the Non-teaching staff of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma; under the auspices of JAC,AAU, EKPOMA (NON-TEACHING STAFF) deliberated on the special announcement as it affects the Non-teaching staff of the University.
The JAC Congress of AAU, EKPOMA in session, noted the activities that led to the suspension of Unions in tertiary institutions in Edo State, which was the purported protest by students of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma; which took place in Benin City, on Tuesday, 8th June, 2022.
Congress also noted that the planned protest was to blackmail University based Unions in Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, before the state government. It is rather unfortunate that the state government had to yield to the antics of the University Management, without recourse to hearing from the affected Unions, before pronouncing the suspension.
Congress wish to inform the general public that the crisis rocking Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma; are not far fetched from the activities of the immediate past administration of the University, led by Prof. I.A. Onimawo (from May, 2016 to May, 2021) which the state government could not address; in spite of the efforts made by the unions in the University to bring the issues to the attention of the His Excellency. Rather, the government preferred to suspend unions whose members have contributed immensely and sacrificially to sustain the University; even in the face of unfavourable working conditions without resorting to strike.
To further inform the general public that the ongoing strike which the workers of AAU are participating in, is a nationwide strike, which was declared by the National Headquarters of the various University-based Unions. One therefore, wonder why the University Management or the state government would want to stop AAU workers from participating in a strike declared by registered and recognized University Unions.
After exhaustive deliberations, AAU Workers Congress in session resolved as follows:
1). That the Non-teaching staff of Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, will continue to prosecute the ongoing nationwide strike without breaking away from the national directive;
2). That the State Government should urgently address issues bedeviling the University to avoid a local strike after the nationwide strike;
3). That the Congress hereby withdraw all concessions, including staff of Principal Officers’ office; and
4). That all members of JAC, AAU EKPOMA should stay away from offices until further directive from the national JAC.
In the event of any issue arising from the ongoing strike, Non-teaching staff are advised to contact any of the following numbers: