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Why COOU withdrew from ongoing ASUU strike – Nwakoby

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VICE-Chancellor of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University (COOU), Greg Nwakoby has disclosed why his institution withdrew from the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

   Prof Nwakoby, who  stated this at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) July Congress, held at Godwin Ezeemo International Press Centre, Awka, explained that the union took the decision on the interest of staff and students of the institution.

  Represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academics), Prof Osita Chiaghanam, Prof Nwakoby explained that unlike federal government, the state government provides adequate funding to the state university including prompt payment of staff salaries, infrastructure and enabling environment for academic activities.

  Explaining further, he said: “Salaries of the federal universities are funded100 per cent by the federal government, whereas the state universities work out their salaries from subventions and internal revenues.

  “Had the state university participated in the strike action and at the end of negotiation, an agreement is reached, the federal government implements immediately while  we at the state universities will have to meet the governors to renegotiate for the implementation.

  Recall that ASUU COOU, in February, when ASUU commenced their warning strike, declared that it would not participate in the earlier one month warning strike backed by the parent body.

  ASUU has been at loggerheads with the federal government following the government’s refusal to fulfill the agreements it reached with the union since 2009.

  Part of the agreement include the replacement of Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) with the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS); release of the reports of visitation panels to federal universities; and improved funding for revitalisation of public universities and others.

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