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ASUU Reveals No Lecturer Has Been Paid Since Feb

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The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), on Tuesday, August 2, revealed that striking lecturers have not been paid their salaries since the commencement of the industrial action in February.

This was disclosed by the ASUU President, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, during an interview on Channels Television’s Sunrise Daily.

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He also accused the Federal Government of using hunger as a tool to force the striking lecturers into returning to their classrooms.

Noting that their salaries have been held for the past six months, the ASUU President said the current administration cannot use the force of hunger to pull the striking union members.

According to him, the Federal Government thinks that depriving the lecturers of their salaries will force the university teachers to collapse and end the strike.

He said;

Our salaries have been held, this is the sixth month or salaries have been held. They thought that if they hold our salaries for two or three months we will come begging and say ‘pls allow us to go back to work.

But we as a union of intellectuals, we have grown beyond that. You can’t use the force of hunger to pull our members back which is exactly what the government is doing.

On Reasons For Strike

ASUU, on February 14, embarked on strike to press home its demands for a better welfare package, revamping of the nation’s education sector among others, a situation that has forced many Nigerian students to be at home.

Worried by the lingering industrial dispute, President Muhammadu Buhari, on July 19, directed the Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, to proffer a solution to the challenge and report back to him in two weeks.

The presidential ultimatum will elapse today and ASUU remains adamant until its demands are met. Not perturbed by the development, the union extended the strike by another four weeks, thus dashing the hopes of students to return to school.