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Bayelsa Varsity Lecturers Begin Strike Over Unpaid Salaries

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The lecturers of the Bayelsa State-owned Niger Delta University, Amassoma, have proceeded on an indefinite strike over their four months unpaid salaries

The Bayelsa State Government has owed the lecturers and non-academic staff of the university since January 2016.

A lecturer at the university and Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Port Harcourt Zone, Prof. Beke Sese, told Punch that the decision to proceed on, what he described as work-to-rule action, was taken on Thursday afternoon.

He said the academic staff union had to embark on the strike when all entreaties to the state government for their salaries to be paid were not successful.

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The lecturer added that their plan was to meet with the governor, Seriake Dickson, but was told that he was not available, so they had to meet with the deputy governor.

He lamented that no clear explanation was given for the governor’s absence, noting that the union learnt that Dickson had travelled abroad.

He stated that the congress found the governor’s action despicable and funny, wondering what manner of leader would travel when workers were languishing because of unpaid salaries.

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