ASUU Ask for Termination of The Ongoing Examination At Kaduna State University (KASU)
ASUU Ask for Termination of The Ongoing Examination At Kaduna State University (KASU) On 09th August, 2022 the Academic Staff Union of University has announced the ongoing examination at kaduna state university as a contravention of the rules and regulation governing the conduct of examination in academic versities.
To ensure the inviolability of the process, the UNION made this position known that the examination carried on under the present arrangement must be re-conducted.
Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir EL-Rufai, has earlier pressurised all the lecturers that whoever fails to resume to his work his appointment is considered terminated because, State government has no issue with the striking lecturers.
Kaduna State University was invented in 2004 by the State Government in respect to the state law No 3.
However, the ASUU members joined the nationwide strike to protect the interest of the university education in Nigeria especially the challenges of poor funding by the government for the institution.
There are many state universities in Nigeria where ASUU members have refused to join the nationwide strike. Which include Osun State University, Kwara State University, Lagos State University.
Threat issued by Mallam Nasir El-Rufai Governor of Kaduna State after some months described as solidarity action by the lecturers, telling them to resume back or have their employment terminated.
On Monday 01st August, 2022, Strike was extended by ASUU by another One month Strike, accusing the government of insensitivity.
However, the institution KASU has already announced the resumption date of academic and non-academic staff which is 2nd of August and then started preparation of examination that was hold back in February.
Meanwhile, on Monday the National Coordinator of ASUU Kano Zone in person of Abdulkadir Muhammad made the statement saying that, the academic union ASUU disagree with the preparation of the exam, saying it is against the rules and regulations laid in conducting of examination in the institutions.
ASUU-Kano Zone comprises Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria (ABU), Bayero University Kano (BUK), Federal University, Dutse (FUD), Kano University of Science and Technology, Wudil (KUST), Kaduna State University (KASU), Sule Lamido University, Kafin Hausa (SLU) and Yusuf Maitama Sule University, Kano (YUMSU).
The statement, that was released at the end of the meeting of the university’s ASUU members, demanded the cancellation of the examinations and the conduct of fresh examinations.
“The examinations going on in KASU are characterised by non-coverage of course outlines, incomplete lecture contact hours, non-participation of lecturers who taught the courses in the setting of the examination questions and supervisions, involvement of students in invigilation and non-moderation of question papers, which are clear violations of the laid down rules and regulations governing the conduct of examinations.”
ASUU demanded that the examinations conducted in the institution should be terminated “in order to retain the respect of the sacred system of evaluation in the university system.”
The statement added: “The examinations must be conducted again after following the correct process and the call off of the ongoing strike action, otherwise, the union will be left with no option but to write a petition to the National Universities Commission (NUC) and the Independent Corrupt Practices Commission (ICPC) against the Management of KASU.”
ASUU criticised Malam Nasir El-Rufai the governor of kaduna state over his position that the union had no issue with the state government, saying the university has been a beneficiary of “ASUU’s struggles.”
The Union said all building in the university was build and constructed through TETFUND interventions, with that, KASU is one of the universities that benefited a lot and with that its regarded as TETFUND university.
The union said that its strike was aimed at seeking better funding for the university system and better welfare for ASUU members, saying KASU has continued to be a beneficiary of the efforts.
It said: “KASU has benefited immensely from the TETFUND interventions, staff development and provision of research materials, which are dividends of ASUU strikes.
“At this juncture, we confront the Visitor of KASU to show a single building he constructed on Kaduna State University campuses during his two-term tenure as Governor of the State.
“It is therefore illogical for the Government of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai to tell the members of ASUU-KASU should either break away from the national strike or lose their appointment.”
The National Executive Council of ASUU had declared an initial four-week strike on 14 February to request better funding for the university system and better funding for its members.
The union also deman the adoption of the University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) to replace the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) for the payment of its members’ entitlements. ASUU alleged that IPPIS is marred by irregularities and does not recognise the peculiarities of universities, stripping them of their autonomy.
UTAS has been tested multiple times by the National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA), and scoring above 90 per cent in the tests but the agency has insisted that UTAS could not be deployed.
The draft agreement reached between ASUU and the government through a committee led by Nimi Briggs has since been submitted.
It is, however, unclear if the government will adopt the document as the Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige, has consistently accused ASUU of forcing the representatives of government agencies out of the meetings “to set its own salaries in the draft documents.”
But ASUU President, Emmanuel Osodeke, a professor, has denied this and challenged the labour ministry to provide evidence that anyone was asked to leave the meeting.
He added that the content of the draft agreement with Mr Briggs-led committee was a proposal by the government and not that of ASUU.