About twenty-one lecturers with University of Calabar, Cross River State, have died in the middle of the ongoing industrial action embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU).
The strike action is into seven months with federal government refusing to pay the striking lecturers salary in no-work-no pay policy. The government’s stance is also taking a toll on the lecturers.
Going by Vanguardonline, twenty-one lecturers with University of Calabar and some non-teaching staff have died on account of falling ill and unable to seek adequate medical treatment due to paucity of fund.
“In the University of Calabar alone, we have lost over 21 teaching staff. We have also lost non-teaching staff.
“When SSANU and NASU suspended their own strike, it was reported at that time that 21 lecturers lost their lives and from then till now, more deaths have been recorded.
“The reason for this ugly development is lack of money. Apart from the young one that died as a result of a gas explosion in his house, most of the death was due to a lack of money to address their health challenges,” the paper quoted an unnamed source as saying.