Professor Tor Joe Iorapuu, the Vice Chancellor of the Benue State University, Makurfdi, has urged the ASUU (Academic Staff Union of Universities) to call off the prolonged strike.
Iorapuu has made the appeal on Monday, August 1, at the Good Shepherd Catholic Chaplaincy, Benue State University, Makurdi, in a thanksgiving Mass for the celebration of his birthday.
The Vice-Chancellor said that being a VC of a functional university where students and staff would be present at the celebration of his birthday party would have made him happier.
He said that education is the major productive system in the society, but the strike action has managed to make it less.
While speaking at the reception at their Makurdi house, the wife of VC, Dr Mrs Nnena Iorapuu, stated her husband never wanted to celebrate his 60th birthday but felt it was very significant while thanking those who came to honour the event.
On the other hand, the Academic State Union of Universities (ASUU) has once again extended the prolonged strike by its members for four weeks.
The President of the ASUU, Professor Emmanuel Osodeke, disclosed this through a statement issued on August 1, Monday.
As per Osodeke, the industrial action by the ASUU was extended to grant the government enough time to settle the issues with the members of the union.
According to the sources, the union conducted an emergency meeting from Sunday, July 31, to the early hours of August 1, Monday, at the University of Abuja.
The leader of the Academic Staff Union of Universities has confirmed that the extension will take immediate effect on Monday, August 1, 2022.
The strike by the union has been going on since the month of February this year, but the government has still not solved the issues of the striking members.