ASUU Strike: Campus Business Operators, Transporters Lament Losses

Some business owners, transporters and others who provide services on University campuses have decried the negative impact of the ongoing strike by the Academic Staff Union Universities (ASUU).

The entrepreneurs and transporters are hard hit by the strikes which started on February 14, 2022 and is already in its fourth month.
ASUU had been at loggerheads with the federal government over its refusal to honour the 2009 agreement it entered with the Union.

The demands in the agreements included condition of service of varsity lecturers to be reviewed every five years, issue of salaries and allowances, revitalisation of public universities among other issues, University Transparency Accountability Solution and the inconsistencies in Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System Payment.

Leadership observed that most businesses in the campuses are suffering because students who patronise them are at home as a result of the strike. At the entrance of the University of Abuja, the once crowded tricycle park can be seen deserted.

While some of the business owners have closed their shops, waiting for students to resume, others, especially transporters, abandoned their tricycles for farming and other activities in order to earn a living.

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