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ASUU strike take toll on commercial activities in UNIBEN

The lingering strike by members of Academic Staff Union of University (ASUU) over non implementation of the 2009 agreement reached with Federal Government has grounded business activities at the University of Benin.

The effect of the strike is conspicuous in all aspects of the University environment as the usual hustle and bustle associated with university community were absent at the time of this report.

The lecture halls were empty, business operators were sighted idling away owning to the on-going strike, while other business operators locked their shops apparently due to low patronage.

Some business operators who spoke with the news crew said the strike has started taking its toll on their business activities.

The traders who said they have invested so much into their businesses appealed to the leadership of ASUU and the Federal Government to urgently resolve their differences.

Some students who also bared their minds on the unending strike by the lecturers re-echoed their appeal to government and ASUU to quickly reach a compromise in order to save the education sector from its downward trend.

It was gathered that non-academic Staff Union of University and other related Unions have also threatened to join ASUU on sympathy strike should the Federal Government fail to grant the requests by ASUU.

Reported by: Wellington Akodeja

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