The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Plateau State University Bokkos chapter, on Monday, declared an indefinite strike, saying the state government had failed to fulfil the signed agreements with the union.
The decision to embark on the strike action was made at a stakeholders’ meeting of the union, held at the University.
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While making the declaration of the action, the ASUU chairman of the institution, Dr Monday Hassan zitta, said the strike “is indefinite, total and comprehensive.”
While reading the resolution, the chairman said; “following the Congress Meeting held on Monday 20th December 2021 at the Social Sciences Auditorium (SSA), congress reviewed the level of implementation of 2nd March 2021, Plateau State Government/ASUU-PLASU MOA and resolved that the State Government having signed an MOA with the Union on 2nd March that led to the suspension of that strike action but the government has failed to: Address security concerns by deploying the services of armed Civil Defence Corps on resumption.”
Other concerns raised were the state government’s failure to locate a functional police outpost in the university host community, settle the National Minimum wage arrears within the first quarter of 2021, immediately release the sum of 70 million naira as part payment of the Earned Academic Allowance arrears for the first tranche while the second tranche of 72 million in October 2021 has been long overdue.
He added that the government had also failed to; “make complete payment of mainstreamed Earned Academic Allowances for 2019/2020 which was indiscriminately paid but with a lot of members short-changed, commence the construction of staff quarters within the first quarter of 2021, complete the perimeter fencing of the institution among other issues as contained in the MOA, allow for the election of Deans and HODs in the Faculties and Departments.”
The chairman maintained that all academic activities of the institution had been suspended until all demands in the agreement were met.