Photos: UNILAG Lecturers, Students Protest In Lagos Over Half Salary

Half Salary: UNILAG Lecturers, Students Protest In Lagos


Lecturers at the University of Lagos (UNILAG), Akoka, under the umbrella of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Tuesday protested what they described as the “casualisation” of academics in the country by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

The lecturers were joined by other labour union activists including the leadership of the Joint Action Front (JAF), a coalition of labour movements in the country, and a civil society organisation- Education Rights Campaign (ERC).

A good number of students also joined the protest, even as they expressed regret that the government does not value education and the future of Nigerian students.

The protest took place after a special congress called by the university’s chapter of ASUU to appraise the poor welfare condition of its members, and particularly the withholding of the workers’ eight-month salary and the payment of October salary on a pro-rata basis.

In his remarks, the ASUU UNILAG Chairman, Dele Ashiru said: “This rally is to draw the government’s attention to the insensitivity and intention to stoke another round of crisis in the Nigerian university system.

“It is sad to note that the government has deployed all kinds of weapons including that of humiliation, hunger, harassment, blackmail and also using the instrumentality of the judiciary to coerce our members back to work.

“Our union suspended the strike to pave the way for the government to substantially address our demands.

‘We looked at all the issues in totality and came to the conclusion that students and their lecturers are partners in the business of knowledge production and consequently we will not allow government to disrupt the calendar again.

“So rather than go on strike, we have decided to organise this rally to draw the government’s attention and all stakeholders in Nigeria to the fact that the government is stoking another crisis within the Nigeria university system”.

Half Salary: UNILAG Lecturers, Students Protest In Lagos

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