.. Shut down main gate
By James A. Mary
Students from the Faculty of Pharmacy, University of Benin on Tuesday took to the street to register their grievances over the industrial action embarked upon by academic staff in the faculty, CAMPUS GIST reports.
The protest comes less than 72 hours to the April 26th induction ceremony of the Faculty of Pharmacy of the institution.
CAMPUS GIST learnt that the decision of the lecturers to embark on strike is due to non-payment of their earned professional allowances by management of the institution.
Our correspondent reports that other health professionals in the school have been paid the said allowance, while that of Pharmacy lecturers have remained pending.
CAMPUS GIST gathered that academic activities in the faculty has been put on hold since the strike started, and till date, not much has been done by the management of the university towards ending the industrial action.
The students have, however, resolved to peaceful protests around the university to express their grievances, and have requested that the strike be called off. They have also demanded that the lost academic days be added to the current calendar at the resumption of lectures.
Speaking with CAMPUS GIST, one of the students who did not want his name mentioned, said; “We are here to demand an end to this nonsense (sic). We will not stop until academic activities resumes fully in the faculty. We cannot afford to fold our hands and watch things go wrong.”
Another student who identified herself simply as Mercy, said; “We are tired of UNIBEN, we have not had lectures since the resumption of academic activities. We cannot come and spend eight years on a six year course naah! (sic).”
CAMPUS GIST recalls that the faculty had on the 2nd of July, 2018 embarked on a warning strike to drive home their demands over non-payment of their earned allowances.
The protest was, however, suspended after six weeks following an “agreement” between the striking lecturers and management of the university.
Efforts to reach the Spokesman of the institution, Osasuyi Michael for comments proved abortive. A staff in the Public Relations Office promised to get back to us, he was, however, yet to do so as at press time.
Mary is CAMPUS GIST UNIBEN Correspondent.
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