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General News of Thursday, 30 December 2021


ASUU threatens to sue AAU over biometrics verification

Ambrose Alli University Ambrose Alli University

The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma chapter, on Wednesday issued a 30-day notice of legal action to the relevant authorities of the university over the recently conducted biometrics verification for staff members.

The union insisted that the biometrics verification was inconclusive, fraught with irregularities and compromised.

The union in a press statement by the union’s chairperson and Assistant Secretary, Dr Cyril Onogbosele; and Dr William Odion, respectively, and made available to journalists in Benin, said the dehumanising conditions its members and other staff members were subjected to during the biometrics verification were unimaginable.

The statement read, “Members of the union were embarrassed, harassed, humiliated, intimidated and coerced by the biometrics verification team to make presentations for the exercise against published criteria and requirements by the university administration.

“All complaints by the union to the relevant authorities, including the visitor to the University and Governor of Edo State, Mr Godwin Obaseki, over the anomaly and inclusive nature of the controversial biometrics verification were ignored, hence the 30-day legal pre-action notice.”

The union body also asked Obaseki to halt the continuing waste and mismanagement of the university’s meagre resources on meetings and sitting allowances of members of the university’s Special Intervention Team.

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