Tension In Benue University Over Alleged ASUU Plot Against VC

ASUU is now on strike to push forward its demands, however, some education sector stakeholders argue that the union has no authority and legitimacy to call for the removal of a sitting vice-chancellor
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Tension has risen at the Benue State University, Makurdi, as The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) is allegedly calling for the dismissal of Professor Tor Iorapuu, the vice-chancellor of the institution.

ASUU is now on strike to push forward its demands, however, some education sector stakeholders argue that the union has no authority and legitimacy to call for the removal of a sitting vice-chancellor.

Sources at the institution insisted that the ongoing strike had nothing to do with employees' well-being because the university pays salaries and allowances on time.

Some of them say that University students are already preparing a huge protest in Makurdi, the capital of Benue State because of the protracted strike that began in the wake of examinations.

They stated that the strike is about personal grievances being brought up by people who have lost in their race for vice chancellorship, rather than the wellbeing of the members as is typically the case.

It turns out that the majority of management staff members feel uncomfortable with Professor Iorapuu's financial management procedures, which is one of the reasons for the persistent crisis.

Last week, a meeting called by the secretary to the state government, Professor Joseph Alkali, ended inconclusively because the union members' concerns were said to be personal.

A source who was at the meeting said that when the SSG asked the union to lay their complaint, instead of discussing matters of official concern or welfare, they demanded the removal of the vice chancellor because he was brought from outside to head the university.

The SSG, who also came from the university became furious and called off the meeting since there was no substance in the union member’s presentation.

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