Honour your agreement with ASUU, Ortom urges FG

Following the NLC’s widespread protest over the university unions’ strike, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State has urged the federal government of Nigeria to uphold its agreement with the Academic Staff Union of Universities.

Workers in Benue State took part in the Academic Staff Union of Universities’ strike-related solidarity protest on Tuesday, July 26.

The employees began their peaceful demonstration as early as 7:30 am and marched through Makurdi, the capital of Benue State.

The workers began their procession at the State Secretariat down Otukpo Road while chanting songs of unity and ended it at the Government House in Makurdi.

The State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Godwin Anya in his speech said that the two-day protest was part of activities lined up to compel the Federal Government to meet the agreement it entered into with ASUU.

Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who received the protesting workers at the gate of the government house called on the federal government to honour its agreement with ASUU.

Ortom, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Tony Ijohor SAN, expressed his displesure over the attitude of the federal government towards the future of Nigerian children.

He said, “I wish to commend the NLC for embarking on the solidarity protest. For over five months, our children have been home, and since the federal government is not doing anything about it, Benue State Government is fully in support of your action, and we will communicate to Federal Government.

“As far as we are concerned, this strike is uncalled for; it is too much. You entered into an agreement with somebody, go and honor the agreement. If they (FG) have an issue, please discuss it with them.

“We can’t have a situation whereby we lock up our universities for going to six months now. This is unacceptable.

“Let me call the Federal government that this issue of ‘no work, no pay’ should be revisited. It doesn’t make sense. This ASUU strike is not about the salary. They have so many issues. So go and address the issues.

“We are different from the federal government because despite our state varsity being on a sympathy strike, we are still paying them. Let FG borrow from Benue State. You can not just stop their salary.”

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