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Lecturers warn against harassment from striking varsity staff

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has called on the non teaching labour unions of universities not to harass or intimidate its members.

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The National President of the union, Prof. Biodun Ogunyemi, made the call in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Saturday in Lagos.

Ogunyemi was speaking against the backdrop of the recent protest embarked upon by the three non teaching labour unions of the University of Lagos, which resulted in the harassment of his members..

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The striking unions comprises of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), the Non Academic Staff Union (NASU) and the National Association of Academic Technologists (NAAT).

Unions under the aegis of the Joint Actions Committee (JAC) are currently on what they had described as ‘total, comprehensive and indefinite’ strike.

Ogunyemi said that it had come to the notice of the union that some of his members were attacked and injured by members of the striking unions at the university of Lagos on Monday, while going about their duties lawfully to further press home their demands.

He warned that union would not take it lightly adding that already, a warning signal had been sent to their striking counterparts.

“We have asked the Vice Chancellors of our universities to tackle any such action and bring to book, all those involved in such violent conduct .

“They must be able to apprehend persons who want to truncate efforts of lecturers from discharging their duties lawfully.”

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