NASU promise joining ASUU strike next week

NASU promise joining ASUU
strike next week
Academic Staff Union of Universities
(ASUU) in the nation’s tertiary
institutions enters its fourth month,
the Non-Academic Staff Union of
Educational and Associated
Institutions (NASU) has indicated its resolve to embark
on its own indefinite strike next week.
Speaking at the National Executive Council (NEC)
meeting of the trade union in Ilorin, the Kwara State
capital, on Tuesday, NASU’s general secretary, Prince
Peters Adeyemi, said members of the union had not
been paid for two months, despite working to keep
university system running during the ongoing ASUU
strike.
“NASU will commence its own strike next week,
because we have been working and government has
refused to pay our salary. For us, it does not make
sense to continue to keep the system running when we
are not being paid. The reason for this is not known to
us.
Government has not paid our salary for August and
today is September 24; they are owing us two months’
salary and there is no way we can continue to do this
work on empty stomach, while they run round the
globe on full stomach,” he said.
The NASU’s general secretary, who said no reason was
adduced for their non-payment, added that “the
unfortunate thing is that they have no explanation for
non-payment of our salary. That is enough patience on
our part, despite the fact that we have our grouse
before with the Federal Government that things are not
running well.
“However, we think as Nigerians and parents, we don’t
have to unnecessarily ground the system, but if you
take this our maturity and level-headedness to mean
stupidity, then, people who complain that we, in the
university system have ruined the future of students by
going on too many strikes imposed on us by
government will have no reason not to understand, if
we go on our own strike next week.”
Also speaking, the national president of NASU, Mr Ladi
Iliya, blamed the National Assembly for fighting on their
political interest and future at the expense of welfare
of Nigerians.
The NASU president, who said the National Assembly
should have deliberated on issue of persistent
insecurity and ASUU strike when it resumed session,
described the attitude of the legislators as shameful.
The labour leader decried issue of corruption, which he
said was now an acceptable part of every transaction
in the country, both in public and private sectors of the
economy, adding that high cost of running the country
today was a result of the endemic scourge of corrupt
practices, which, he said had long bedevilled the
system.

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