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ASUU blames strikes on government’s insincerity, insists industrial action last resort

By Michael Egbejule, Benin City
15 December 2021   |   1:58 am
The coordinator of the Benin Zone of ASUU, Prof. Fred Esumeh, made the assertion during a press conference in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

ACADEMIC Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Benin Zone, on Tuesday, said strike actions by university lecturers were last resorts aimed at drawing government’s attention to their plights and not intended to derail academic activities.

The coordinator of the Benin Zone of ASUU, Prof. Fred Esumeh, made the assertion during a press conference in Benin City, the Edo State capital.

Describing members’ remuneration as slave wage, the zonal Coordinator demanded a new benchmark for condition of service, saying: “Nigerian universities are no longer attractive to foreign lecturers, including neighbouring countries.

“This is due to the prevailing slave wage where the highest ranked professor earns less than one thousand dollars monthly. Strike is less frequent in the western world because their government acts. But here in Nigeria, you have to frequently go on strike before government could act,” he said.

Meanwhile, Vice Chancellor, Igbinedion University, Okada (IUO), Prof. Lawrence Ezemonye, yesterday, disclosed that the institution was set to commence conversation on graduate job expo for the benefit of students.

He made the disclosure during the 12th induction ceremony of newly qualified medical laboratory scientists of Igbinedion University by the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN) in Okada, Edo State.

He said the aim of the conversation is to expose students to career and job opportunity in national and multi-national industries and organisations.

Ezemonye , who charged the students on professionalism, said that medical laboratory science is a critical nexus in health care delivery.

“Today, we restate our commitment to a better Nigerian society with refurbished health sector by the release of 35 newly qualified medical laboratory scientists.”

Earlier, Dr. Tosan Erhabor, the Registrar, Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria(MLSCN), who inducted the qualified medical laboratory scientists, advised them to contribute to national development.