Contrary to the expectations of students of Benue State University, BSU Makurdi, the meeting of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU which held today, had nothing to do with ending the current strike.
An inside source told BENUE.COM.NG that the much publicised meeting was to consider a letter which the union plans to send to the state governor, Dr Samuel Ortom concerning other issues that needed to be addressed.
Our reporters gathered that apart from the issues of unpaid salaries which is the major reason for the strike, there are issues such as earn allowances, deductions on health insurance scheme, pensions amongst others, which needed the attention of the Governor hence their letter.
One of the lecturers who pleaded anonymity, during a phone conversation said the union wanted the Governor to also look into those issues as soon as possible in order to avoid another strike in the future. She however said these additional issues were not going to prevent them from calling off the current strike once their salaries were paid, but emphasised that it would take more than one months salary for the striking lecturers to return to the classroom.
You will recall that BSU lecturers have been on strike since the 9th of March 2015 owing to unpaid salaries which have now amounted to four months and still counting.
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