Struggle Must Go On: ASUU Distributes Food, Money To Members

Striking lecturers at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria on Wednesday received relief materials, including food and money to enable them to cushion the effect of the ongoing industrial action.

The Chairman of the Academic Staff Union of Universities of the institution, Dr. Mohammed Kabir-Aliyu, who confirmed this to one of our correspondents, said the offer would help the beneficiaries to survive the hardship occasioned by the non-payment of their salaries.

According to him, lecturers in the University have not earned their salaries in the last four months.

Among items distributed to the lecturers were rice, semovita, vegetable oil and cash ranging from N20, 000 to N50, 000.

Kabir-Aliyu said they were ready to call the Federal Government’s bluff concerning the sack threat.

University teachers nationwide embarked on strike on July 1 to force the Federal Government to honour an agreement it had with them since 2009.

The Supervisory Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, had last Thursday threatened the striking lecturers to return to work on or before December 4 or face dismissal.

However, the resumption deadline was on Tuesday extended to December 9 to enable the striking teachers to honour Prof. Festus Iyayi, who died on his way to attend ASUU NEC meeting in Kano.

As of Wednesday, there were no signs that the striking lecturers would comply with the government directives to return to the classroom on Monday. Also, the University authorities had yet to issue a circular directing students to return for lectures.

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