-Breaking: ASUU CRUTECH Suspends Strike-
Cross River University of Technology’s (CRUTECH) branch of Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has suspended the strike action that was declared two weeks ago.
According to reliable reports from that university, the Union unanimously voted to suspend the strike action based on the university management’s assurance that most of the Union’s demands would be met.
The Cross River State government reportedly empowered the university’s management to attend to the Union’s needs, having recently increased its monthly subvention to the university. Part of the Union’s demands include refund of a debt owed to its Cooperative Society, payment of promotion arrears and payment of Earned Academic Allowances dating back to 2011.
The university’s management has reportedly promised to start refunding its debt to the Cooperative Society beginning from this week, while payment of Earned Academic Allowances would reportedly be done in installments, beginning with payment of December’s salary.
It would be recalled that Cross River University of Technology’s branch of ASUU declared a strike action on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, over disagreements with the Cross River State government, owners of the university. Students of the university protested against that declaration by shutting the main gate of the university.
Staff of the university as well as principal officers of that university including Dr Emil Inyang, Chairman of its Governing Council and other members of that Council were held hostage for several hours, as a result of that protest.
Some students told this blog that they were fed up with frequent strike actions. A national strike action preceded the action by CRUTECH’s branch of ASUU and lasted for one month before it was suspended in September 2017.
With today’s suspension of ASUU CRUTECH’s strike action, all barriers to the university’s forthcoming convocation ceremony seem to have been removed. That ceremony is slated to take place this Saturday. The university has not held that ceremony in the past six years. Its last convocation ceremony took place on Saturday, December 17, 2011.
Unconfirmed reports reaching this blog suggest that the need to have an uninterrupted convocation ceremony played a major role in the university management’s “unusually” prompt willingness to attend to the demands that led to today’s suspension of ASUU CRUTECH’s strike action. Arrangements for the convocation ceremony reportedly commenced long before the strike action was declared.
The convocation ceremony is expected to be graced by dignitaries including stalwarts of political parties and the Governor of Cross River State, Professor Ben Ayade. Usually, graduands at convocation ceremonies are presented for awards of degrees by Deans of Faculties, comprising academic staff only.
- Cornelius Ellah
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