Bayelsa varsity workers vow to keep school shut over unpaid wages
Taraba special school students pass ‘vote of no confidence’ on principal
Angry workers of the Niger Delta University (NDU), Amasoma, Bayelsa State, have vowed to keep the university shut until the Governor Seriake Dickson–led administration pays four out of the six-month salaries arrears owed them.
The employees under the auspices of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT), and the Non-Academic Staff of Universities (NASU), took the decision at a meeting held in Yenagoa, at the weekend.
The university has been closed for about two months following the administration’s inability to fulfill its financial obligations to the institution.
The workers’ decision came just as the governor was at the weekend honoured with an honorary doctorate degree in Public Administration by the Ekiti State University.
Chairman of SSANU, Mr. Fakidouma Wilcox; that of NAAT, Mr. Dienagha Ekepet, and their NASU counterpart, Mr. Kenneth Akpafegha, who were present at the meeting, in their respective remarks frowned at Dickson’s decision to pay academic staff and technical workers of the university, leaving out senior and junior staff of the school.
In a similar development, teaching and learning at the only government-owned Special Education Centre, Mutum-Biyu, Taraba State, is on the brink, as students have collectively passed a vote of no confidence on the school’s principal, Mr. Moseh Halliru.
The students who observed with dismay, the way and manner the school authorities have continued to discriminate against deaf students, at a briefing Tuesday, called on the state government to, as a matter of urgency, remove the principal before the matter escalates.
Additionally, they are demanding that, “a qualified hearing-impaired personnel must be appointed as replacement for the able-bodied administrators that run the school. And over labouring the students must be stopped.”
Other demands, which the students believe would pave way for peace is the immediate employment of qualified teaching staff, constant supervision of the centre by appropriate bodies responsible for checking the activities of the school’s administration as it affects abuse of students.
President of the deaf students’ association, Zayyanu Umaru, pleaded with the relevant authorities in the state to act fast before academic activities in the school nosedive.
He said, “Looking at the importance of education to humanity, the association wishes to solicit for the immediate removal of the principal for the wellbeing of the hearing-impaired pupils.”