Yobe State University Staff Raise Concerns Over Welfare, Administration


There is tension in Yobe State University (YSU) as the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) raised concerns over staff and student welfare, administrative malpractices, and alleged financial mismanagement.

Comrade Ahmed Ibrahim, PhD ASUU Chairman, Yobe State Chapter raised the concerns while addressing newsmen on Thursday in Damaturu.

Some of the concerned areas according him include transportation challenges for students, delays in payment of various staff allowances, unlawful appointments, neglect of part-time and casual workers, promotion arrears, inadequate student ccommodation among others.

He pointed out the high cost of transportation due to fuel subsidy removal burdens students and staff. The university’s limited bus service is deemed inadequate, especially for evening commutes.

ASUU alleged that the university administration was withholding various allowances, including the Earn Academic Allowance (EAA) amounting to over N145 million, despite government allocation.

Other outstanding payments include postgraduate facilitation allowances, consultancy teaching allowances, and responsibility allowances.

ASUU also criticised the continued presence of Dr. Kalli Gazali, who they claim is illegally occupying the Registrar’s office after retirement.

Therefore, they urged the university council to appoint a new Registrar and Bursar through proper procedures.

The union demanded immediate payment of promotion arrears for members from 2018 to 2023.

ASUU urged prioritizing appointments for qualified part-time and casual staff who have served the university for a decade or more.

The union called for addressing the urgent need for adequate student accommodation.

ASUU condemns attempts to undermine university autonomy and disregard established laws.

The union vow to protect the university’s future and the well-being of its members and students.

The union appealed to the media to amplify their voice and hold authorities accountable.

Earlier, the Chairman commended Governor Mai Mala Buni for approving the minimum wage in 2023, but expresses concern about other issues.

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