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Plateau varsity ASUU commences indefinite strike

The Plateau State University chapter of the University Academic Staff Union, ASUU, launched an indefinite strike on Monday to insist on its demands to improve welfare and the work environment.

This is contained in a statement issued Tuesday in Jos and jointly signed by Dr. Hassan Zitta and Deme Bitrus, president and secretary of the union, respectively.

The union said the decision to declare the strike was made in its Congress held on Monday, December 20.

He explained that the Plateau government did not comply with the agreement it signed with the union, hence the decision to strike.

The union in the statement further explained that persistent problems are limited by growing insecurity at the university and non-payment of earned allowances.

The reasons, the union said, were a shortage of accommodation for both students and staff and the need for the government to build more conference rooms, among others.

“At our congress held on Monday, December 20, members reviewed the level of implementation of the Plateau State Government / ASUU-PLASU agreement,” the statement said.

The statement said that Congress resolved that the state government, having signed an agreement with the Union on March 2, 2021, has not kept faith in the document.

He said the government had not “addressed security concerns by deploying the services of the armed Civil Defense Corps.”

ASUU said the Plateau government had also failed to locate a functional police post in the university’s host community, as well as its inability to settle national minimum wage arrears within the first quarter of 2021.

In addition, he alleged that the government had not immediately released N70 million as part of the payment of the first tranche of the academic assignments accrued in arrears.

ASUU said that at the time of its congress, the second tranche of 72 million naira in October 2021 was long overdue.

He also accused the government of not completing the payment of the integrated accrued academic assignments for the 2019/2020 period, among others.

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