Nasarawa Academic Union of Secondary Schools To Drag Governor Al-Makura To Court For Prohibiting Union Activities

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Rabiu Omaku

The Academic Union of Secondary Schools in Nasarawa state under the able leadership of Comrade Gabriel Agbashi said it would drag the state government to court for interfering in it Union activities by prohibiting activities of the Union in the state.

The chairman of the Union, Comrade Agbashi gave the indication while fielding questions from Journalists 24 hours after the banning of the Union by the state government.

Agbashi called on governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura to withdraw his statement of prohibiting it activities by writing a letter of apology and addressed it to the Trade Union Congress or face a legal battle.

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He said the state government has no moral right to prohibit activities of the Union, describing the activities of ASUSS as legal, the chairman averred that ASUSS was legally established as an affiliate of the Trade Union Congress which he said he remain the chairman of the Union.

We are at loggerhead with governor, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura because of the delay in the payment of our salaries, why was he not reducing his N200m monthly security vote?

“Why was he discriminating amongst civil servants in the state, Why the selective Justice, is on record that he pay beggars, cripple ,blind, deaf and dump salaries but nothing like that exist, where are these offices ?

“available documents shown that P.V’s were made for February, March and salaries were not pay but he went ahead and pay April salary and when Labour reacted is threatening us”.

The state commissioner of Education, Ahmed Tijjani Aliyu in swift reaction said the state government did not banned the activities of ASUSS but rather prohibit the Union as he added that the Union is operating illegally in the state.

The commissioner also reacting over the ongoing as public schools are shutdown said no teachers are on strike.

“How many teachers go to their duty post to work?

It could be recalled that governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura last week has ordered the prohibition of activities of the Academic Staff Union of Secondary School in the state.

The statement averred that the activities of ASUSS posess serious threat to peace and order in the state, the prohibition take effect from 12th, May 2017.

It further read that the activities of ASUSS would incite Secondary School Teachers against the state government through radio announcement, press release and bulletin.

The statement stated that the activities of the Union prevent workers of Secondary School in the state from performing their lawful duties.

The statement also read that ASUSS disrupt the conduct of JAMB, NECO,BECE (JSSS 3) examination in the state. they accused the Union for driving away workers from duty post, the state government described ASUSS as an unregistered Trade Union

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