Dr Samuel Ortom, Benue State governor, Wednesday, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to honour the agreement the federal government entered with the Academic Staff Union of Universities for the union.
The union has been on strike since February this year, our reporter reports.
Governor Ortom stated this in Makurdi when he addressed members of the Nigeria Labour Congress, Benue State chapter, who embarked on a two-day sympathy protest in support of ASUU.
The governor, represented by Professor Tony Ijohor, secretary to the state government, said it was unacceptable the inability of the federal government to resolve her issues with ASUU resulting in students staying at home for more than five months.
The governor said the Benue State government was in support of the sympathy protest by the NLC, as well as other actions it intends to embark upon, and promised to take their grievances to appropriate quarters.
He called on the federal government to revisit its ‘no work no pay’ policy to armtwist ASUU into submission, saying the ‘honourable thing to do is for the government to address all the issues raised by the union’.
He said his government would sit with the Joint Action Committee of NASU and SSANU of Benue State University within the shortest time with a view to negotiating and solving their issues.
The chairman of the Nigeria Labour Congress in Benue State, Comrade Godwin Anya, said the union had decided to take over the issue between ASUU and the federal government because of the insensitivity on the part of the FG.
Comrade Anya read a letter from the national president of the union demanded immediate payment of withheld salaries owed members of ASUU.