The Niger Delta University Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) are to meet later today to discuss the new federal government offer presented to ASUU national last Friday.
The NDU ASUU Chairman, Dr. Tonbara Kingdom made this known in a text message response to our inquiry earlier this morning when he stated that “ASUU NDU meets later today and it is not our tradition to discuss the individual position of a branch with the press”.
The ASUU NDU boss also responded to news making the rounds that NDU ASUU is poised to commence its own internal industrial action upon the suspension of the national ASUU strike.
Dr. Tonbara maintained that “for the local issues, ASUU NDU has already notified Bayelsa State Government of our intention to declare trade dispute immediately after the national strike”.
“They have initiated the process of resolving the issues. Until then” he added.
Vanguard Newspapers reported earlier that the unresolved issues inciting the ASUU NDU to a possible strike include, non-payment of promotion arrears, non implementation of promotion between 2015 to 2019, non-payment of annual increment since 2015 till date, non-payment of pension since 2018 till date, non-payment of fellowship grants for over 10 years, and lack of accommodation for lecturers within the university community.
The ASUU NDU branch has warned that it may embark on yet another industrial action immediately after the national strike is suspended if the Bayelsa State government fails to resolve all pending issues with the union.
The ASUU-NDU Chairman, Dr. Kingdom, flanked by the ASUU-NDU branch Secretary, Dr Ebi Baraka lamented that the ASUU-NDU has employed several ways to get the attention of the state government including writing several letters and sending traditional rulers to meet with government officials all to no avail.
Dr. Tonbara Kingdom asserted that the academic staff in Niger Delta University were tired and frustrated with the government. He added that they have not been benefiting from the new minimum wage as they have been receiving the same salary since 2009.
“We want to call on the Bayelsa State government to quickly resolve the pending and nagging issues of poor funding and staff welfare for the Niger Delta University to avert industrial crisis immediately the national ASUU strike is suspended” he added.