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Protest: Appeal to FG on No Work No Pay – OAU ASUU Chair urges Nigerians

Prof. Tony Odiwe, Chairman, ASUU-OAU chapter

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Obafemi Awolowo University, (OAU) branch, has urged well- meaning Nigerians to prevail on the Federal Government to rescind its decision on ‘No Work, No Pay’ for lecturers.

Prof. Tony Odiwe, Chairman, ASUU-OAU chapter, made the appeal during the Union’s peaceful protest at OAU Campus, in Ile-Ife on Wednesday.

He said that the Union members are not troublemakers, but intellectuals, who are always ready to cooperate and stand for the progress of their institutions as well as the students’ future.

The ASUU chairman, who described the payment of half salary to the lecturers in October as a “complete distraction,” stressed that the Federal Government had not addressed the problems that led to the eight-month strike.

Odiwe added that only few of ASUU’s grievances were partially addressed and charged the Federal Government to do the needful.

He insisted that university lecturers were not casual workers and urged government to pay them their full salary.

“After calling off the strike we expected government to be faithful to us by paying us as and when due. We expected government to pay that one-month salary to show their sincerity.

“By not allowing us to dialogue, it is clear that this government is not interested in public tertiary institutions,” he said.

The ASUU chairman said that the peaceful protest by the lecturers was a directive from national ASUU across all universities.

Odiwe said that the condition of service of lecturers was not solely based on teaching, but on three components – teaching, research and community services.

“Teaching was only withdrawn during the strike, but research was ongoing. The pointed out that the Union, from the branch to national level would appraise the situation and a decision would be taken,” on the current face-off.

Also, the Students’ Union President, Layiwola Folahan, commended ASUU for making their position known and for fighting the cause of Nigerian students.

Folahan said they were supporting the protest to reiterate their demands for a better educational system in the country.

The Students Union president pledged their support for the ASUU to ensure that their demands are met appropriately.

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