The Striking lecturers at the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria on Wednesday, 4th December, 2013 received relief materials, including food and money to enable them to cushion the effect of the ongoing industrial action.
The Chairman of the ABU-Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Mohammed Kabir-Aliyu, who confirmed this to newsmen, said the offer would help the beneficiaries to survive the hardship occasioned by the non-payment of their salaries.
According to him, lecturers in the University have not earned their salaries in the last four months (www.nigeriaschool.com.ng input: 5 months to be precise and it is going to the 6th month already if the strike will not be called off before 9th Dec. God help those who didn’t save for the raining days)
ABU-Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr. Mohammed Kabir-Aliyu, distributed to the lecturers the following items: rice, semovita, vegetable oil and cash ranging from NGN20,000.00 to NGN50,000.00
Dr Kabir-Aliyu said they were ready to call the Federal Government’s bluff concerning the sack threat.
If you recurred, the University Lecturers nationwide embarked on strike on July 1st to force the Federal Government to honour an agreement it had with them since 2009.
The Supervisory Minister of Education, Nyesom Wike, had last Thursday threatened the striking lecturers to return to work on or before December 4 or face dismissal. And the ASUU members were not move with such threats.
However, the resumption deadline was on Tuesday extended to December 9th to enable the striking University Lecturers to honour former president of ASUU, Prof. Festus Iyayi, who died on his way to attend ASUU NEC meeting in Kano State.
As at the time of publishing this report, there were no signs that the striking lecturers would comply with the FGN directives to return to the class on Monday, 9th December, 2013. Also the University authorities had yet to issue a circular directing students to return to school for lectures.