Students React as ASUU threatens to Continue Strike
NEWSMAN, Abuja – University Students have reacted to the threat by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) to continue its strike action if the Federal Government does not address its demands.
Nigerian students have had to stay at home after ASUU declared a strike action in March, aside the Covid-19 pandemic, which has forced many to stay at home.
While the union says that what they are “asking of the government are not baseless things” but things pointed out during a NEEDS assessment survey conducted in 2012, Students have taken to social media to air their displeasure over the lingering strike action, disrupting their academic year.
ASUU president, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi while addressing stakeholders at the University of Port Harcourt outlined reasons why they have said the strike will continue.
“Salary issues are still there. We have not fully addressed that. It appears that some forces in government are bent on inflicting suffering on our members by withholding their salaries”, Ogunyemi said, adding that “university lecturers were still receiving the same salary scale of 2009 in 2020”.
“The 2009 agreement we had with the government stipulates that that agreement would be reviewed every three years. But since then, we have not been able to review the salary scale. That is why we are saying the negotiation we started with government in 2017 ought to have been completed with the completion of that negotiation process.”
Ogunyemi stressed that the government must first implement the report of the NEEDS assessment it conducted in 2012 else, the strike will continue.