Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has announced the proscription of the Kogi State chapter of the Academic staff union of Universities (ASUU) with immediate effect.
The governor announced the proscription on Wednesday after an emergency State Executive committee meeting.
Alhaji Yahaya Bello said the decision became necessary as all efforts to make members of the institution see reasons to call off their over six month-old-strike action had failed.
According to him, “Throughout last week, I undertook a tour of the tertiary institutions in Kogi state with a view to having first-hand information about the problems in the schools, but while others have since resumed, ASUU-KSU have refused to call off their strike action.”
“As a government, we have fulfilled over 90 percent of their demand and have even gone a step further to pay all outstanding salaries of both cleared and uncleared staff including those that have committed one crime or the other.”
This, he said was in spite of the fact that their decision to shut down the institution has resulted in increasing in violent crimes on Ayingba and its environs, adding that as a responsible government that has high regard for education as the pillar of the future of the state, they cannot afford to fold their hands and watch the future of their youths being mortgaged.
The governor also ordered the striking lecturers back to work as failure of which they should consider themselves out of job in the institution.
He directed the governing council of the university to ensure security of lives and property and also ensure that no staff willing to work suffers any form of harassment or intimidation.