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ASUU Strike: UniAbuja ASUU Defies Management’s Attendance Directive

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the University of Abuja (UniAbuja) has announced that its members will not adhere to the management’s directive to sign an attendance register confirming they are teaching or have resumed lectures amid the ongoing ASUU strike in the university.

The union’s action occurred during a strike that began on May 2, 2024, to protest various issues, including violations of establishment laws, such as the appointment and promotion of staff members without a governing council, among others.

In his response, the vice chancellor, Prof. Rasheed Na’Allah, issued a mandate requiring lecturers to sign a daily attendance register effective Monday 3, June 2024 to mitigate the strike’s impact and ensure academic activities resume.

The VC, on the university’s official Facebook page on Sunday, said, “Having considered the views and pleas of concerned members of the university community, management has agreed to extend the deadline, earlier given to staff to sign the attendance register, to indicate that he/she is teaching or has resumed teaching on Monday, 3rd June 2024.

“Members of staff who are away from the university, either on sabbatical or for any other reason, are advised to email their respective deans and copy the registrar via [email protected]. Deans are accordingly required to compile the attendance list for submission to the registrar before the close of office on Monday.”

In an interview with LEADERSHIP on Sunday, the chairperson of UniAbuja ASUU, Dr. Sylvanus Ugoh, said the union members will not comply with the directive as the strike continues.

He said the vice chancellor’s order was meant to intimidate the lecturers without the due process

“One of the issues was the employment without due process, which we say is illegal. Just on Friday, the vice chancellor released a circular to regularise the people he had just employed without due process.

“Even when we talk about solving the problem, he is still bent on proceeding with the Illegal procedure.

“So, nothing has changed. We are where we are, and I know that members are not going to sign the register,” Ugoh said.

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