ASUU says it is not plotting to sack Benue varsity vc

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By Sunday Ogli, Makurdi

ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, Benue State University, BSU chapter, has debunked media reports that it wants the Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Tor Iorapuu sacked.

In a press release dated March 7, 2024, signed by Comrades Kwagfan Tarnongo and Terrumun Gajir, chairman and secretary respectively, for ASUU-BSU and made available to newsmen in Makurdi on Thursday, the Union expressed dismay as the media report neglected the principle of fair hearing which provides opportunity for an accused party to state its side of the story.

Recall that ASUU-BSU embarked on strike on the 15th of February 2024 to press for the legitimate entitlements of its members, which include implementation of promotions and annual step increment, payment of the accrued arrears of promotion and annual step increment, all of which the Benue State Government has been providing funds for to the tune of seventy million naira (N70,000,000.00) since January 2023.

Other issues include payment of earned academic allowances (EAA) and honoraria for self-sustaining programmes of the University.

The Benue State Government, through a committee headed by the Secretary to the State Government, SSG, is said to have interfaced with the Union to resolve the crisis. The Benue State House of Assembly is also said to have also waded into the matter.

The Union, therefore, expressed shocked at the misleading media publication which it said is an attempt to reduce its legitimate struggle for the entitlement of members to the removal of the Vice Chancellor.

“ASUU-BSU strongly feels this misleading report is an attempt at disinformation and is sponsored to blackmail the Branch and poison the minds of unsuspecting members of the public.

According to the press release: “ASUU-BSU will resist the temptation to find and expose the sponsors of this malicious report because this is an attempt to distract us from our struggle, even though we have our suspicions.

“For the records, ASUU-BSU embarked on this strike to press for entitlements of its members as highlighted in preceding paragraphs above and not any other reason.

“We implore our media houses to continue to adhere to the principles of journalism and refrain from sponsored sensationalism as we assure them of our availability to always confirm or refute any allegations.

“We urge the Benue public, particularly our students and other stakeholders to be circumspect in digesting fake news.

“Finally, the sponsors of this fake news are warned to refrain from further attempts to malign and blackmail the Branch as we will not spare any, and all legitimate means to expose them and hold them accountable.”