The Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU )Tuesday asked the federal goverment to treat the issue of striking university lecturers with human face, saying its members were not robots.
This is just as the organised labour threathened to embark on a three-day warning strike if the federal government fails to accede to the demands of the striking lecturers.
ASUU Chairman, University of Ilorin branch, Professor Saliu Ajao, and Kwara state chairman of NLC, Comerade Aliyu Isa Ore, made their positions knwown during a protest rally over the prolong face – off between the federal government and ASUU.
Speaking with journalists during the rally that saw hundreds of workers marching round major streets of Ilorin, Prof. Ajao, insisted that the university workers demands were legitimate and that the struggle belongs to the entire nation and not ASUU alone.
“Let the government tell us which of our demands which are not legitimate. We have right to ask for what we deserve.
“Is it our salary that has not increased since last Thirteen years or our demand for government to make infrastructure available?
“We are not robots. Treat us like humans and safe our children from idleness at hime,” he said.
Also speaking, the NLC state chairman said the rally was organised in solidarity with the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) members to press home their demand on the need for the federal government to honour their agreement.
He said the federal government had signed an agreement with ASUU some year back on University revatalisation and other sundry issues.
Comrade Isa-Ore said if the federal government refuse to head to their demand after the rally, the Union will go on three day warning strike.