By Martins Abochol
The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has called for adequate funding of Adamawa State University Mubi to tackle the myriads of problems facing the institution.
The SSANU Chairman of the university, James Fwa, said the staff would not have gone on strike if the state government was committed to sustained funding of the institution.
Fwa said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Yola that the recent appointment of Prof. Kaletepwa Farauta as Acting Vice Chancellor of the institution would only change things if funds were provided for him to perform optimally.
“If the former vice chancellor had sufficient fund to run the institution, we wouldn’t have been on strike,” he stressed.
The chairman urged the government to honour its agreement with the association on adequate funding and allowing the acting vice chancellor to follow due process in the appointment of the university’s principal officers.
“We will not accept any reappointment of any member of the dissolved university top management by the state government.
“The acting vice chancellor must be given the time to stabilise the university and advertise the top management jobs as it is contained in the law.
“We shall accept any former member of the management who would emerge through due process.
“We will also not accept any appointment of an acting bursa from the office of the Accountant-General, our bursary department equally has qualified hands that can manage the office in the interim,” he said.
NAN recalls that the SSANU and two other unions within the university have been on an indefinite strike over alleged breach of agreement the government had with them.
The unions have been agitating for the payment of Earned Academic Allowances, promotion, payment of pension benefits to retirees among others.
The state government had dissolved the university governing council and its management in line with part of the unions demands.
The unions, with the exception of ASUU, have been on strike since July 26.(NAN)