ASUU strike: We are not owing AAU staff, says Edo govt.

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State

Edo Government said staff of the state-owned Ambrose Alli University (AAU) Ekpoma are not being owed.

The Commissioner for Communication and Orientation, Mr. Christopher Nehikhare, disclosed this on Monday as some members of factionalized Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) were still on strike.

He stated that all arrears and entitlements of the staff of the institution have been cleared.

Nehikhare said the institution, with over 33,000 students, had been in session and was not affected by the ongoing strike by ASUU.

He said, “The Edo State Government set up an intervention team over a year ago to look into the management of the institution and to turn the institution around for the better.

“The school was in debt, lecturers were not being paid and the students were not getting value for money paid. The quality of education was questionable.

“As of August 2022, salaries of lecturers have been paid up to date in AAU. This is a huge achievement for a school owing so much in salaries.

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“Since December 2021, only gross salaries have been paid as there have been no deductions; all their entitlements have been paid.”

According to him, the University has provided jobs for the people of the locality and other locals have been employed within the vicinity and they have been paid also.

“The school has implemented 40,000 learning management systems to ensure lectures continue even when physical classes are not possible.

“The Edo state government takes education seriously and is working assiduously to turn the entire education system around.

“The Edo people should commend what the governor is doing in terms of education in Edo State,” the commissioner said.

However, a good number of academic staff have since returned to their duty posts since the state government’s suspension of ASUU activities in the institution, some ASUU members are still on strike.

They are demanding among others, increased government funding of the institution.

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