The Benue State University (BSU) chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) yesterday began another strike following what it described as the state government’s inability to honour an earlier agreement.
Students of the institution were turned back from lecture halls as the striking lecturers refused to attend to them. The institution’s ASUU chairman, Dr Samuel Ikoni, told our correspondent that the non-implementation of a standing agreement it had with the government among other issues prompted decision on the strike.
“We wrote them (government) a letter since Monday and there has not been any response. The strike will continue until our salaries are paid,” he said.
The university had joined the last month’s Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) strike in the state in sympathy with its national body.
Officials of the Ministry of Education said they were not competent to speak on the matter as the commissioner, Mrs. Elizabeth Ugo, was said to have travelled out of the country.
The governor’s Special Adviser on Media and Public Affairs, Dr. Cletus Akwaya, however said the lecturers had only threatened to go on strike because of a little delay in the payment of their August salaries which would be paid to them before the end of this week.