The Academic Staff Union of Universities, Plateau State University chapter, has embarked on an indefinite strike over the nonchalant attitude of the state government to address some teething problems confronting the institution.
The Chairman of ASUU in the institution, Dr Bentse Pamson, who disclosed this to reporters, stated that the decision was arrived at by members to go on strike during an emergency congress held in Jos on Saturday.
Pamson said, “We have just held our congress where our members unanimously agreed to proceed on strike immediately. We have already secured the approval of NEC to embark on local strike action at Plateau State University if the state government fails to meet our demands.”
Advancing reasons for the strike, the ASUU chairman said, “We have a total of seven unresolved issues which we have been calling the attention of the state government to.
For instance, if you come to the University, you will not discover any capital project being funded by the state government except the ones being undertaken under TetFund. This is totally strange and unacceptable.
“Not only that, the state government has refused to reconstitute a new governing council after the tenure of the last officials expired, leaving the University without direction.
“There is also the issue of unpaid earned academic allowance spreading up to eight academic sessions, totalling about N215 million, leaving our members to suffer.
“We also have the problem of underfunding of the institution with the monthly subvention of about N90m, which is grossly inadequate as against about N200 million needed monthly by the University to run it effectively.
“Apart from that, we have a situation where there is no special fund set aside for training and development of the academic staff of the institution to augment their efforts and those who wish to partner with the intention.
Dr Pamson expressed disgust over this, stating that, “With the way education has been relegated to the background, a strike is the only option to draw the attention of the government to live up to its responsibilities.”
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