Makurdi - Benue State University (BSU) lecturers have maintained that their continued participation in the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) was not an affront on Governor Gabriel Suswam.
In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday in Makurdi, the BSU branch Chairman of ASUU, Samuel Ikoni, said their continued participation in the strike was for the interest of the university.
"This university had already benefited from the 950 million shared among universities for the development of infrastructure.
"If we did not participate in the strike, we will not receive the grants and neither the state government nor any donor agency has ever given such money to the university for the development of infrastructure,’’ he said.
He therefore called for the understanding of the governor in the continued involvement of the university in the strike
Ikoni called on the governor to work toward a peaceful resolution of the crisis in the overall interest of the education sector, the students and the nation at large.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) recalled that Suswam had ordered the lecturers to return to go back to work or risk the stoppage of their salaries.
NAN reports that ASUU had embarked on the strike about three months ago to press for the proper funding of universities amongst other demands.