The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Taraba State University chapter, on Tuesday June 16, said that the state government should give cash-backing to the N100 million cheque issued to it. It said that it would suspend its three-month-old strike as soon as the state government fulfilled this condition.
Dr Reuben Jonathan, the chapter’s chairman, gave the condition in Jalingo while reacting to the call by the government that the union should suspend the strike. NAN reports that the state government gave the union a bounced cheque for N100 million in March, as part payment for the lecturers’ outstanding allowances of over N400 million.
Jonathan, however, urged the government to fulfill its commitments.
He said that though the bounced cheque was issued by the immediate past administration, the present administration should respect the earlier agreement “because government is continuity”.
Jonathan said the strike persisted till date due to lack of sincerity and commitment by the past administration. He, however, expressed the union’s willingness to suspend the strike if the present administration was ready to meet part of its demands while negotiation continued.
He urged Gov. Darius Ishaku to give priority to the funding of the university to enhance quality education. The union leader also called for improvement in the welfare of the institution’s staff to enable them offer the best to their students. Jonathan said the insinuation that the lecturers usually embarked on strike without concerns for students was a gross misconception.
He said that the strikes his members embarked upon were not only for members’ improved welfare but also for infrastructure development in the university.
According to him, the need to complete many of the TETFund projects sited in the university were part of their demands in previous strike embarked upon.
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