The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), University of Jos Branch, has donated a 1000 capacity twin lecture theatre to the management of the university as part of its contribution in addressing the infrastructural needs of the institution.
Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) University of Jos Branch, Dr. Lazarus Maigoro, said the project cost the Union N63.2 million contributed by members of the union over the years.
He disclosed this on Friday, during the handing-over ceremony of the project to the school management held at the Naraguta campus where the project is situated.
Maigoro maintained that “One of the reasons why our union is on strike today is due to lack of adequate infrastructures for the purpose of quality teaching and learning.”
He stressed that, “We decided to embark on this project also because government has not lived up to its responsibility of funding education. The situation is so bad that it is lecturers in the university who are erroneously perceived as strike mongers and very recalcitrant people that are now using their salaries to build classrooms to assist the government and students while the Nigerian public is keeping quiet.”
The branch chairman added that the union has been issuing scholarships to five indigent students every session in the university by paying their tuition fees.
He added that they have so far produced 2000 bottles of hand sanitizers before now as well as 1000 awareness handbills, which they have shared to organisations at no cost, as part of their contribution to the fight against the novel coronavirus in Plateau State.
In the words of ASUU national president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, “UniJos has today added a fresh perspective to addressing the infrastructural deficit on our campuses that would go down in history as unequalled.”
According to him, “We cannot pretend that we have all it takes to solve the problem. Our members are stressed and distressed.
“Our salary structure has been stagnated for 11 years. And the forceful migration to discredited Integrated Payroll and Personal information system (IPPIS), has further distorted and devalued the take-home pay of our members.”
Vice Chancellor, University of Jos, Prof. Sebastian Seddi Maimako, represented by Prof. Ishaya Tanko (Deputy Vice Chancellor Academics) said ASUU has been part of the survival of public universities in the country and thanked the union for coming to their aid, while promising to make good use of the structure.