Bayelsa Varsity Lecturers Tackle Govt On Funding, Threaten Strike.
The Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University‘s Academic Staff Union of Universities chapter has threatened to restart the strike it called off in 2016.
Tonbara Kingdom, the chairman of ASUU-NDU, revealed this to press during the union’s congress meeting on the university’s campus on Wednesday.
Tonbara, who was joined by the chapter’s secretary, Ebi Baraka, and other officials, said that the union had already passed a resolution at its congress meeting to begin the steps that would lead to the restart of the strike.
He said, “We are tired and frustrated by the uncooperative attitude of the Bayelsa State Government towards the funding and welfare of members of staff of Niger Delta University.”
Tonbara said that a committee appointed by Governor Douye Diri in January 2021 “to handle some of the financing and welfare difficulties at tertiary institutions in the state” had not delivered its report to the governor more than ten months after it completed its work.
He added, “Promotion was not implemented in NDU between October 2015 and September 2019, neither was annual step increment implemented since October 2015 till date. We have unpaid salaries of some staff between October 2013 and December 2015. We also have unpaid study fellowships. The working condition of staff is terrible. There are no residential quarters in the university more than 20 years after it was established. Who did we offend?”