The Academic Staff Union of Universities ASUU, University of Abuja chapter have staged a peaceful protest over non-payment of their over 7 month’s salaries
The Lecturers also protested the half October salaries paid members by the federal government.
Addressing newsmen at the mini campus of the University of Abuja, the ASUU Chapter chairman, Dr. Kasim Umar called on well meaning Nigerians to prevail on the federal government to pay their entitlements
Dr Umar explained that the situation had caused untold hardship for the lecturers and subjected them to ridicule.
“Government’s decision on the payment of our salaries is not acceptable,” Prof. “We can’t be treated like daily paid workers or labourers; it is unacceptable,” Dr Umar stated.
Dr. Umar explained that ASUU suspended its over 7 months strike following interventions of the speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila and other prominent Nigerians.
The Union therefore called on the speaker to prevail on the federal government to pay lecturers their salaries.
Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State
Academic activities at the Federal University of Lafia, Nasarawa State were on Friday disrupted following a peaceful protest by lecturers of the institution.
Chairman of the University’s Chapter of Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Abdullahi Al’Amin led a procession of the lecturers to various faculties and departments chanting solidarity songs as they called on the federal government to pay their salary arrears with immediate effect.
The lecturers were seen with various inscriptions including the call for the sack of the Minister of Labour and Employment, Dr. Chris Ngige.
Speaking with Radio Nigeria on the protest by the lecturers, some students said the situation was becoming unbearable and stressed the need for the federal government to urgently reach a common ground with the lecturers before it gets out of hand.
Writing by Daniel Adejor, Chris Nyamtu; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu