ASUU Strike: UI, LAUTECH, UNILORIN Set Up Monitoring Teams, As UNIBEN Students Protest, Barricade Benin-Ore Road

Academic Staff of Union of Universities (ASUU), at the University of Ibadan, Ladoke Akintola University of Technology (LAUTECH) Ogbomoso and University of Ilorin have set up monitoring teams to monitor the ongoing strike by the union.

Our correspondent gathered that the unions had a few days ago commenced a one-month warning strike.

Academic activities have been paralysed in the three universities as a result of the industrial action.

Lecturers in the institutions have continued to prosecute the one-month strike declared by their Union to pressure the government into signing the renegotiated conditions of service for lecturers among other demands.

It was gathered that the universities which are in the Ibadan Zone of the union held their respective congresses presided over by their chairpersons.

The congresses resolved to set up monitoring teams to monitor the strike.

The congresses which were presided over by Professors Ayo Akiwole (UI), Olaniran Abiodun (LAUTECH) and Moyosore Ajao (UNILORIN) agreed to set up the monitoring teams with an intention to ensure that all members obey the directive of the union.

Akinwole noted that demands of the union include the signing of renegotiated agreements which bother on the salaries and conditions of service of lecturers, mainstreaming of earned academic allowances and releasing of white paper report on federal government visitation panel among others.

He noted that the strike monitoring team will ensure total compliance.

“Our members feel the pain and have shown commitment to the struggle. They know it is for us to fight for our destinies and be better treated after staying on the same conditions of service for thirteen years despite the hardship in the country.

“The same lecturers who are giving second to nothing still struggle to put the name of Nigeria on global ranking of universities despite poor investment in education by the federal government.

“We have reached a point when we are saying treat us well, give us a new welfare system and sound conditions of service so that our members can live good lives and enjoy the fruit of their labour”.

Meanwhile, students of the University of Benin, UNIBEN on Wednesday barricaded the ever-busy Benin-Ore-Sagamu road to protest the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).

The students in their numbers were seen at the Ugbowo campus entrance chanting slogans with placards reading ‘Education is our right’ “5 years course has turned to 7 years; “FG settle ASUU” and “Enough is Enough.”

The students expressing their frustration appealed to the federal government to heed to ASUU’s demands

Some students turned the highway into a football field, playing in sets while the students’ leaders were sharing bottles of water, soft drink, pies and doughnuts to the demonstrators for refreshment, NAN reports.

The protest has caused a gridlock on the highway for hours, forcing many motorists to avoid the route while those going into the Edo capital had to divert their ways.

Leading the protest, the President of the Students Union Government (SUG) in the institution, Foster Amadin, lamented that the students are on the streets because they are tired of perennial strikes by ASUU.

“We came to the street to say we are tired. We hereby express our grievances to the federal government, to the state government and whoever cares to listen. We say we are tired.

“We want to graduate. For a programme that is supposed to run for four years, we are spending five years and even more. We don’t want it anymore.”

Amadin said all they want is to return to classes and graduate from the institution.

“Let the federal government see to the demands of ASUU and let ASUU also consider the federal government’s position.

“All we want is to go back to our classes. I want to graduate, I want to leave the school. I am tired and that is our grievance,” he said.

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