After receiving half salary in October, members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) at the Federal University of Technology, Akure (FUTA), staged a protest on Wednesday to express their displeasure with the Federal Government’s no-work-no-pay policy.
According to the protesting lecturers, who converged on the institution and marched through the campus, the peaceful demonstration was intended to express their displeasure with the federal government over the half-salary they were receiving and the failure to pay them for eight months.
The lecturers were armed with placards which read “Pay the arrears of our salaries”, “ASUU FUTA says no to criminalization of legal strikes, casualisation of the academics in Nigeria”, “Ngige’s rascality can’t solve the problems in education sector”, among others.
Prof. Olayinka Awopetu, the union’s chairman in FUTA, stated that the protest was held to let everyone know that ASUU in general and ASUU FUTA, in particular, are completely against the casualization of academia by the government.
He said that the union picked Wednesday as a no-lecture day and urged Nigerians and stakeholders to pressure the Federal Government to change the policy.
“We did not go on strike because we wanted to go on strike but because government failed to do its own part, so we can’t be punished for that,@ he said.
The NLC Chairman, Mr. Sunday Adeleye, who his secretary, Kehinde Shado, represented, accused the federal government of trying to turn ASUU members into casual workers.
Abiodun Ibiyemi, the president of the students’ union at FUTA, also reaffirmed that the union’s position and agitation were entirely supported by the students.