By James Ibechi
Benue State Governor Samuel Ortom has said that government has taken steps to tackle the complaints of the lecturers of the Benue State University, Makurdi, assuring that strike would soon end.
The Governor so responded to the varsity students who went to beg him Wednesday to resolve his dispute with the lecturers so that they would return to class.
Mr. Tersoo Dooga, President of the varsity’s Students Union Government, who led members of the executive council to the governor, urged Ortom to negotiate with the lecturers “in the interest of the students.”
“The strike has a negative effect on the students, their parents, guardians and the institution.
“The strike will also affect the quality of education and frustrate the students as their graduation will be delayed,” he said.
Governor Ortom cautioned the students against being used as thugs by desperate people, saying that his government had eliminated the vice from Benue.
The lecturers have been on strike under the auspices of ASUU for more than two months principally grievances bordering unpaid allowances.
The lecturers also want incorporation into National Health Insurance Scheme.
They are also asking the government to incorporate them into the contributory pension scheme and pay the arrears of their earned allowance from 2009 to 2016.