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DAY 2- UNIBEN Students block road again to protest in support of ASUU

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The 2-Day solidarity protest embarked upon on wednesday  by the students of University of Benin (UNIBEN) has entered its second day as students have blocked the Lagos-Benin Express way around the school causing the outcoming and incoming vehicles getting stuck in gridlock.

The protesting students say they insist on The Federal Government coming on to fulfill the 2019 agreement they had with ASUU.

They are also calling for a robust reworking, of the public university system in the country so they can compete with institutions in other more civilised countries of the world.

Meanwhile, On Monday, ASUU declared a one-month warning strike.

President of the union, Emmanuel Osodeke, announced this at a press conference after a two-day meeting of the union’s National Executive Council (NEC) that took place at the University of Lagos. 

 According to him, the industrial action, which begins immediately, is “comprehensive and total”.

“We don’t like to see our students at home. We don’t want our academic calendars disrupted but our demands are not met,” he said

Some of the lecturer’s demands include the revitalisation of public universities, earned allowance, improved funding of state universities, and promotion arrears.

Others are the replacement of the Integrated Personnel Payroll Information System (IPPIS) with its own University Transparency and Accountability Solution (UTAS) in the payment of emoluments to its member. 

Yesterday, The Minister of Education, Adamu Adamu, said he is willing to reach an agreement with the striking university lecturers .

In his words;

“ASUU, unfortunately, they have gone on strike and I am looking for them because all the issues are being addressed,” the minister stated while briefing reporters at the end of the Federal Executive Council meeting held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.

“The last thing that happened was that our committee looked at their demands, but there are renegotiations going on. The Federal Government is ready to meet them on all issues they have raised and if there are so many meetings and the gap is not closing, then I think it’s not the fault of the government.

There is a solution to this; the negotiations are the solution and that is why I have said that I am surprised that ASUU has gone on strike,” he said. “They submitted a draft agreement which the ministry is looking at.

“A committee is looking at it. Immediately it finishes, the government is meant to announce what it has accepted. Then suddenly, I heard them going on strike. We want a peaceful resolution.”

 

 When asked if the government would reach an agreement with ASUU before the end of the 30-day strike, the minister said he doesn’t know.

I can’t give you time,” the minister said. “I am ready to reach an agreement with ASUU now, but since I’m not the only one, I can’t give you time. But certainly, we are going to reach an agreement very soon.”

Here are some pictures of the protesting students;

 


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