BSU Students Beg Governor Ortom Over Prolonged Strike

Students of the Benue State University, Makurdi on Wednesday begged Governor Samuel Ortom to resolve his dispute with their striking lecturers so that they would return to class.

Mr Tersoo Dooga, President of the varsity’s Students Union Government, who led members of the executive council on a visit to the governor, urged Ortom to negotiate with the lecturers “in the interest of the students”.

“The strike has a negative effect on the students, their parents, guardians and the institution.

“The strike will also affect the quality of education and frustrate the students as their graduation will be delayed,” he said.

In his response, Ortom said that government had taken steps to tackle the complaints of the lecturers, and assured the students that the strike would soon be called off.

He cautioned students against being used as thugs by desperate people, saying that his government had eliminated the vice from Benue.

Recall that the lecturers had been on strike for more than two months over  government’s reluctance to incorporate them into the National Health Insurance Scheme.

The lecturers also want government to incorporate them into the contributory pension scheme and pay the arrears of their earned allowance from 2009 to 2016.

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