Wednesday 23 April 2014     23 Jumada Al-Thani 1435
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ASUU stages protest in ABU

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Ahmadu Bello University (ABU), Zaria chapter yesterday staged what it called a sensitisation protest to enlighten the public on why the union would not call off its about four-month-old strike.

Leading the protest match, chairman of ABU-ASUU, Dr. Muhammad Kabir Aliyu said the demand of the union remains the implementation of the 2009 agreement which it had with the Federal Government.
“We are trying to enlighten the public on why we cannot call off our strike. Let me tell you, even the N100 billion that the government said it has given has not reached the universities. You should know that we are not saying that the government should implement all the terms of the agreement now, as some of the terms run up to 2015. It is unfortunate that the government is using force to stop our rallies, while allowing those they are sponsoring to take place. Where is justice here? Look at what happened in Abuja, where police used tear gas on our colleagues, is that fair,” Dr. Aliyu said.
Our correspondent observed that hundreds of lecturers, and even other staff of ABU joined the protest match that took off from the main campus of the university up to the Zaria-Sokoto highway.