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BREAKING: #ASUU Threatens To Return To The Trenches




BREAKING: #ASUU Threatens To Return To The Trenches—-The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has called on the Federal Government to respect the agreement both had which led to the suspension of the 8-month-old strike by paying the outstanding arrears owed lec­turers and resolve all the issues that led to the last strike.

The ASUU Chairman, Univer­sity of Port Harcourt, Dr. Darling­ton Uzoma, made the call during a special congress and protest rally at the university campus on Monday, while academic activi­ties were temporarily paralysed.

After the special congress attended by the Port Harcourt zonal chairman of ASUU, Prof. Stanley Ogoun, the lecturers pro­tested round major sections of the institution against all forms of ill treatment meted out to lec­turers by the government.

They sang solidarity songs with placards, marched from the ASUU secretariat at the Del­ta Park of the university through the main entrance of school, to the Senate building, the Agricul­ture building and returned to the union’s secretariat.

Some of the inscriptions on the placards read, ‘Lec­turers deserve their full wages’, ‘No to casualiza­tion of university lectur­ers’, ‘Federal Government stop maltreating lecturers’, ‘no nation can properly de­velop without teachers’, among others.

Addressing newsmen, the ASUU Chairman, Un­iport chapter, Darlington Uzoma, said the protest was to express the union’s dissatisfaction over recent attempts by the Federal Government to reduce the university lecturers to dai­ly paid casual workers.

He said there was no­where in the world where university lecturers are treated like casual workers like what is being experi­enced in Nigeria.

“After the strike was sus­pended following an order by the National Industrial Court, we have come back to resume our duties. And we are currently doing all the arrears of work that we should have done during the period of strike”, he said.

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