Workers in Benue State on Tuesday joined their counterparts across the country in solidarity protest of the strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities.
This is as public institutions in the capital city, aside from primary and post-primary schools, shut their doors for business activities.
The workers under the aegis of the Nigeria Labour Congress had as early as 7:30 thronged the major streets of Makurdi, Benue State capital, in peaceful protest.
The workers took off from the State Secretariat along Otukpo road chanting solidarity songs and terminated the procession at the Government House, Makurdi.
The State Chairman of Nigeria Labour Congress, Godwin Anya in his speech said that the two-day protest was part of activities lined up to compel the Federal Government to meet the agreement it entered into with ASUU.
Benue State Governor, Samuel Ortom, who received the protesting workers at the gate of the government house called on the federal government to honour its agreement with ASUU.
Ortom, who was represented by the Secretary to the State Government, Professor Tony Ijohor SAN, lamented the nonchalant attitude of the federal government towards the future of Nigerian children.
He commended the NLC for embarking on the solidarity protest, saying that For over five months, children have been home, and since the federal government is not doing anything about it, Benue State Government is fully in support of the peaceful protest action and that Benue state government will communicate to Federal Government.
He calls the Federal government that the issue of no work and no pay should be revisited and that it doesn’t make sense.
He added that the ASUU strike is not about the salary and that there are so many issues, So the federal government should go and address the issues.
He revealed that Benue state is different from the federal government because, despite that, the state varsity is on a sympathy strike, the state is still paying them and FG cannot just stop their salary.