Benue State Government and lecturers under auspices of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU at Benue State University are yet to meet since the latter embarked on an indefinite strike two weeks ago.
This was disclosed by the ASUU Chairman, Professor David Ikoni in a telephone chat with newsmen yesterday said no government official had requested to meet them.
“No official of government has met with ASUU. Our demands have not been met hence we cannot contemplate calling off the strike.” Prof Ikoni said.
Also speaking, the Commissioner for Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Dennis Ityavyar blamed ASUU for not coming forward with their demands claiming the govt was unaware.
“Government of Benue State has not met with ASUU Chairman or any official of ASUU since the strike action started. We are only briefed by the Chairman of Council and the VC.”
You would recall that ASUU embarked on an indefinite strike action two weeks ago over unpaid earned academic allowances, (EAA), absence of a Health Insurance Scheme, Pension plan, Appointment of Principal Officers in the University by the government, delay in the payment of staff salaries and payment of death benefits to its members, amongst other issues.