Muhammed Abubakar, Reporting
ANGERED by unpaid salaries, lecturers of the Taraba State University, Jalingo, Nigeria, on Monday, boycotted the school’s semester examinations billed to commence today.
The decision subsequently infuriated the students as they stormed the streets on Monday to protest in solidarity with the famished lecturers.
The students were supposed to start their examination Monday, but the inability of the lecturers to get paid impeded the process.
In protest, the students blocked all roads leading to the institution, hindering vehicular movement around the axis. They also burnt tyres and chanted solidarity songs.
Undone, the students later blocked the Jalingo-Wukari Expressroad, further hindering vehicular movement while other business activities were literally grounded.
The students’ union leader at the university, Salisu Waziri said the demonstration was a solidarity protest with lecturers over their unpaid 10 months’ salaries.
“We are supposed to start our first semester’s examinations today, but on getting to the venue of the exams, we were told that the exams would not hold because our lecturers have been owed salaries for 10 months,” he said.
Waziri called on the school authorities and the state government to pay the emoluments of the lecturers for examinations to hold.
“These lecturers have children, they have families to take care of. Some of our students are almost 30 years and the more they continue to stay in school, they cannot go for NYSC which has an age limit.
“This strike is a solidarity strike with our lecturers. We call on the government and the school management to ensure our lecturers are paid their 10 months’ salaries so that we can be taught and our exams take place,” he said.
As of the time of filing this report, no authority of the institution or the state government has commented on the protest.
Stonix News reports that the protest is coming months after the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) called off its eight-month-old strike over unpaid allowances, among other demands in October 2022, following a judgement by the National Industrial Court.