By Oladapo Okeowo
The impasse between the Kogi state governor and the teaching staff of the Kogi State University took another twist after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) national executive committee instructed its members in KSU to not suspend the strike.
The national body insists that the strike must not be called off till Governor Yahaya Bello reverses the decision to proscribe the union.
Any member who flouts this order as contained in a resolution made during a Tuesday meeting would be sanctioned.
According to a resolution by the body, the state government is urged to reverse the proscription decision and also address all outstanding issues, including salaries, which led to the downing of tools.
The resolution, jointly signed by the convener, ASUU National Executive Committee, visitation committee, Professor Suleiman Mohammed, Acting chairperson, ASUU-KSU, Dr D. O Aina and the Assistant Secretary, Dr M. A. Daikwo, was reached at a Congressional meeting which had to hold off the grounds of the campus due to the proscription order from by Governor Bello.
He said ASUU had resolved to sanction any member that violated the resolution of the congress by signing the register with the view to resume.
The resolution reads in parts: “That the holding of the congress meeting outside the university campus was consequent on the refusal of the university administration to allow the union meet on the prescient of the university as part of the implementation of the purported proscription of the ASUU-KSU, by the Governor of Kogi State.
“That the proscription of the ASUU-KSU, Anyigba by the Governor of Kogi State is unconstitutional, null, void and of no consequence whatever.
“To continue the strike action until the alleged proscription order is reversed and all outstanding issues including payment of salaries to all categories of staff and EAA are settled.
“To sanction any member that violate the resolution of Congress by signing the register with the view to resume work.”
The strike has been going on for six months after which Governor Bello proscribed the union.
According to him, the decision became necessary after all efforts to find an amicable end to the impasse failed.