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UNIMAID losses 10 Union Members since the beginning of ASUU Strike

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UNIMAID losses 10 Union Members since the beginning of ASUU Strike

By: Bodunrin Kayode

No fewer than 10 academic staff Union of Universities ASUU, University of Maiduguri branch has paid the supreme price during the period of the current industrial action.

This was confirmed by the information officer of the institution Mallam Ahmed Tanko who debunked the wild figures making the mills that about 42 academic and nonacademic staff may have been fallen by the lingering strike.

” I have been seeing those wild figures flying around the social media with some claiming that as much as 72 souls may have perished during this period of no work no pay levied on the University staff by the Federal government.

” It’s true we lost some staff but these are people who have been suffering from one ailments or the other. And you know what it means to be under the situation we find ourselves. Death will always come when it will but I can assure you that only 10 staff have died during the period under review.”

Attempts to get the chairman of ASUU Dr Habu Meshellia to comment on the mortality rate among his members was futile but a source very close to the union who craved anonymity told metrowatchonline that most of those who died may have been managing one ailments or the other.

He confirmed that a particular Professor was using tubes in his heart and it was just a matter of time that the ultimate will happen.

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” You can see how things are unfolding as we declared an a total strike. Indeed there will be caualties but this is the price we pay for fighting for the generality of the educational system in this country.

” Remember what Shakespeare said about death. It’s a necessity and there is nothing we can do about it. It can come from any angle. Ask soldiers who went to war, not all of them will return.some will surely die even by just collapsing on the battlefield without one bullet touching them.

” It’s obvious those that died have been battling with one illness or the other. Some have been undergoing radiology, others chemotherapy and one had a coronary bypass surgery into his heart. So we can’t necessarily link all of the deaths to the fall out of the strike.

” You asked for the exact amount of those who have died. I can’t tell you exactly how many because even yesterday, we lost one professor in the University community. And off course we had to bury. It’s only when you get to the Gwange cemetery that you will be able to see people that have died. But if you don’t have a relation affected you may not understand that someone has dued.

“But this will not deter us from our focus. I can assure you that we have followed all the necessary protocols and we are in the realm of a total strike until victory is attained. “

UNIMAID losses 10 Union Members since the beginning of ASUU Strike

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