The Delta State University (DELSU) branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared it won’t honour the nationwide strike ASUU called on Monday.
Chairman of the DELSU chapter of ASUU, Prof. Abel Diakparomre, said in Asaba on phone that DELSU-ASUU was not part of the processes that culminated in the latest strike, insisting that academic staff of the university is not on strike.
“DELSU is not on strike. ASUU is a democratic union, we were not part of the decisions at all. The referendum which the national leadership of ASUU claimed to have conducted across the chapters was not done here at DELSU. We were not informed about what they did, we are not part of it. As we speak, academic staffers of DELSU are not on strike,” Diakparomre said.
Former chairman of ASUU in the university, Dr. Emmanuel Mordi, who corroborated Diakparomre disclaimer, however added that the national leadership of ASUU did not recognise the election that produced the present leadership of DELSU-ASUU.
Commissioner for Higher Education in Delta State, Mr. Jude Sinebe, also affirmed that lecturers at the state-owned university were not part of the strike but that the institution was currently not in session.
“DELSU is not on strike because we don’t understand what the federal people say. The state government has been able to meet the demands of lecturers here at DELSU. So we are considerate, and we commend the administration for meeting the needs of lecturers.
“As we speak, DELSU is not in session, we will be resuming for another session by next month and October. I want to inform our students to be calm and wait patiently for resumption,” Sinebe said.