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“We may resume strike if FG fails to honour agreements” : ASUU

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“We may resume strike if FG fails to honour agreements” : ASUU

By Onuminya Ochowechi in Sokoto

Academic Staff Union Usman DanFodio University, Sokoto chapter has warmed that lecturers might be forced to resume its currently suspended strike if the federal government fails to honour it’s agreements .

The chairman of the union Dr Abubakar Sabo stated this in an interaction with Journalists on Tuesday in Sokoto.

Dr Abubakar added that the strike was suspended on condition that federal government will honour the agreements its entered with the Union .

“As I’m talking most of our members are being owed 8 to 10 months salaries , even the two months they paid it is not all that got it he stated.

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” Just now the news reaching me is that we have lost a professor, this is the man that is being owed over eight months, in a meeting today we directed the Vice Chancellor to engage the accountant general of the federation to release our witheld salaries to forestall another industrial action he added

According to Abubakar the union have no option than to embark on another strike if government does not show enough commitment to the agreements with lecturers.

He further disclosed that he is afraid if the school can comply with COVID19 protocols stressing that there are no enough classes for the students if social distance is to be observed.

” We have big lecture halls but with the number of courses we offered here, the halls are not enough to observe social distancing he further disclosed

He averred that the school hostels are not enough for the students saying the school management has tried its best to provide basic amenities for the students but was constraint for lack of funds.

“When ASUU talked of adequate funding of universities people thought ASUU problems are much , you can see 80 percent of our students live off campus even the one in the campus live up 8 in a small room”.

He stated that the students were directed to wear face masks and wash their hands with water or sanitizer before they can be allowed to enter lecture’s halls.

It recalled that the school management last week Monday in Senate meeting directed all students to resume on Monday 25, January , 2021 for the continuation of 2019 / 2020 academic session.

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