Bello bans trade unions in Kogi tertiary institutions

Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State has proscribed activities of trade unions operating in all the state-owned tertiary institutions of learning forthwith.

Bello who made the proclamation late yesterday, said the decision to proscribe activities of the Joint Action Committee (JAC) of Trade Unions in Kogi State-owned tertiary institutions was due to ‘unjustifiable strikes’ by the unions.

The tertiary institutions affected by the proscription order are Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja; Kogi State College of Education, Ankpa; Kogi State College of Education Technical, Kabba; College of Nursing and Midwifery, Obangede; College of Health Sciences and Technology, Idah and Kogi State University Teaching Hospital, Anyigba.

Daily Trust reports that the governor had earlier proscribed the activities of the Kogi State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The governor has directed the Kogi State Ministry of Education to liaise with the boards and managements of the various institutions to deem all academic staff of the institutions who do not resume normal academic duties immediately as having resigned from the employment of the Kogi State Government and of the institutions.

He directed the ministry to immediately find and engage suitable replacements for all academic staff vacancies, including those who have left, may wish to leave or who are deemed to have left service.

He said his government remained committed to meeting her obligations to all genuine employees as promptly as available resources would permit.

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