As ASUU’s 4-Month Strike Lingers, Lecturers Tell Survival Tales

It is over 140 days since the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) embarked on another industrial action. In this report, Daily Trust Saturday spoke to some lecturers on how they have survived without salaries for months, amidst growing inflation in the country.  

Life has been difficult for most lectures in Nigeria’s public universities as the federal government responded to their strike with the no-work-no-pay directive. However, the lecturers, through their umbrella body, the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), have remained resolute despite the difficulties they are experiencing.

Since ASUU declared its initial four-week strike on February 14, it has continued to roll over to date, while other unions, including the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), Non-Academic Staff Union of Allied and Educational Institutions (NASU), and National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT) also declared nationwide strikes, thus, paralyzing both academic and non-academic activities for months.

In Kano, some of the striking lecturers, who spoke to Daily Trust Saturday, decried how the strike had been affecting their lives.

Dr Ruqayya Yusuf Aliyu, a lecturer in Bayero University, Kano (BUK), a mother and wife, said with her knowledge and experience, she now rendered consultancy services to people and organizations.

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