The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Kogi state University chapter has described their proscription by Governor Yahaya Bello as unconstitutional.
The union made its position known at a zonal meeting held in Anyigba to address issues on the strike embarked upon by its members.
In a communique, the zonal coordinator, Professor U.D Ikoni explained that the action was against the labour law which vested the power of proscription on only the National Assembly.
“As a means to this strike, the union demands unequivocal withdrawal of the statement allegedly proscribing ASUU KSU Anyigba with apology to the members of our union and the general public; payment of arrears of 14 months salaries owed academic staff of Kogi State University Anyigba; restoration of full university autonomy to Kogi State University Anyigba; democratic running of the university with the involvement of the elected representatives of the union of workers and students in all decision-making organs of the university; and a return to the negotiating table with the union to chart the way forward.”
Professor Ikoni said the state government had not demonstrated sincere commitment to address the issues and demands of ASUU in Kogi State University.
He stressed the need for other stakeholders to collaborate with the union and to bring final solution to the issues at stake.
Governor Yahaya Bello this week proscribed the activities of the Kogi State chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) and directed the governing council and the vice chancellor of the Kogi State University in Anyigba to start the process of replacement of staff who failed to resume duties.