The University of Benin branch of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) has declared total support for the ongoing industrial strike action by organized labour.
This is coming barely 48 hours after the Nigerian Labour Congress (NLC) directed all her affliate unions to comply and go on strike.
The call for the warning strike was contained in a circular released on Tuesday morning by the General Secretary of the NLC, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson.
The strike, according to the circular, takes effect from midnight of September 26, 2018. All Industrial Unions and State Councils were advised to commence mobilisation immediately for an effective strike action nationwide.
The organized labour are on strike over the non-implementation of the new minimum wage by the Federal Government. The new minimum wage, when implemented, will see the current N18,000 minimum wage skyrocket to about N50,000.
But Nigeria’s Minister of Labour, Chris Ngige had earlier insisted that the Federal Government does not have what it takes to implement such policies till after the 2019 general elections.
Speaking in an interview with EAGLE STEP, Chairman of the University of Benin branch of ASUU, Prof. Julius Iyasele said the union has decided to join forces with NLC to demand for total implementation of the new minimum wage.
“We have joined forces with NLC. ASUU is an affiliate member of NLC, so we are on strike.”
When asked if the strike would affect the ongoing second semester examinations in the university, the union boss said, “Second semester exams is definitely put on hold. If any department goes ahead with exams and some students complying with the strike misses it, the department will organise another for them.”
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