ASUU STRIKE: Labour Unions embarked on Solidarity Protest in Benue

Jimmie Adzande

The 5 months old strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities and other University unions has taken a new dimension. In Benue State, there was peace protest on the major routes in Makurdi. According to ASUU chair of the Uni-Agric University, Simon Ejembi says the issues at stake have not been addressed. He says the union will not go back on its decision.

On his part, the Benue State University chapter chair of ASUU, Kwaghfan Sarwuan, says BSU is not on solidarity strike as misconstrued or misinformed. The chairman of the chapter says ASUU BSU is playing by the books. He also says the chapter also has internal issues with the state government that needs to be addressed.

The Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities, through it’s National Vice Chairman, North Central- Nyiyongu Emmanuel says SSANU is demanding a new payment platform which it has developed. He also says it is convenient for the federal government to agree to their demand.

Convener of the protests the Nigeria Labour Congress through its state Chair, Godwin Anya says it cannot keep mute anymore, over the failure of government in doing what is right for its citizens. He says to this is just one in the series of activities marked for the protest.

The protest which commenced at the NLC Secretariat in Makurdi ended at the Benue State Government House gate. The SSG Anthony Ijohor who addressed the protesters on behalf of Governor Samuel Ortom says their concerns have been noted. He also says the state government will play it’s part in the bargain. Ijohor says the Federal government should revisit its “no work, no pay” policy and honour the agreement it had with ASUU in 2009.

The organised workers’ unions in the state participated in the peaceful protest which last for several hours amidst security watch. The NLC had reached a decision on 30th June, 2022 to compel the Federal government to end the strike that has become a major concern in the Social life of many Nigerians.

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