NASU Strike cripples activities at French Village
* As Union accuses FG of negligence
(Report by Jeff Ezemadu):
Since the commencement of nation-wide strike declared by members of Non-Academics Staff Union of Educational and Associated Institutions (NASU), last week, the gate of Nigeria French Language Village at Badagry has remained permanently locked for academic activities and other official functions.
Our Correspondent during a visit to the French Village, observed that entry into the Institution is highly restricted, as members of the Union converge daily at the premises to enforce the order issued by JAC.
Speaking to a large crowd of sympathizers, Union members and Journalists at the Institution, the branch Chairman, Comrade John Zanu, accused the Federal government of total negligence to the plight of NASU members.
He informed; “Since 2013, when was the last time government paid us our earned allowances?
“Government continued to marginalise us, while our University counterparts are paid from time to time.
“We have written several letters, held meetings with stakeholders in respect of this burning issue, all our efforts proved abortive”.
He also noted that since they joined IPPS payroll system, their monthly salaries have been inconsistent.
He went on; “You cannot practically say the exact amount one earns monthly because of multiple taxations and deductions.”
Also speaking in support of the Chairman, Mrs Ngozi, the chapter Secretary, condemned in strong terms government’s nonchalant attitude to specialised Institutions.
According to her; “French language students from all tertiary institutions in Nigeria pass through us, including their lecturers. We train Diplomats, Chief Executives of multi- national groups, we offer diploma too, yet, we are treated this way”.
One of the students, who identified herself as Ijeoma Nwosu complained about the difficulties they are facing since the strike commenced.
Nwosu said, “No water, no light, no activities of any sought. We are appealing to government, to urgently address the issue of NASU, so that life can return to our campus”.