ASUU Declares Indefinite Strike In Taraba
The Taraba State University chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), has declared a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike action.
Naija News reports that the state branch of the academic union was granted permission by the ASUU national to press home their demand as well as counter the government’s claim that it is not owing workers in the state.
The Taraba State University ASUU Chairman, Mr Samuel Shitaa, disclosed that their reason for embarking on the strike was because of the government’s failure to pay earned academic allowances, promotion arrears, fractional payment of salaries to staff as well as unsettled staff pension and gratuity scheme.
He said the industrial action also includes non-implementation of agreements and perimeter fencing of the institution.
However, in what can be said to be a swift reaction, the Taraba State government through the Commissioner for Tertiary education, Edward Baraya reacted to the strike action.
Baraya told Channels that the union has not communicated their action to the state government while wondering why ASUU would take such a decision when the present government is doing everything possible to address the issues before leaving office.
Also reacting, the special adviser to the governor on media and publicity Bala Dan-Abu in a press statement said the outgoing governor is owing no worker salaries.
Below is Mr Dan-Abu’s communique stating the government’s position on the issue.
Taraba state government.
“The outgoing administration of his excellency, arc Darius Dickson Ishaku, executive governor of Taraba state, is not owing any group of workers in the state monthly salaries and, therefore, will not be leaving behind any burden arising from unpaid emoluments for the in-coming administration.
“This clarification became necessary following a press statement issued recently on behalf of the in-coming administration of Lt Col Agbu Kefas, the governor-elect which contained a promise to pay salary arrears in its first 100 days.
“This veiled accusation is wrong and unnecessary. The Ishaku administration never toyed with the welfare of workers in its eight years of stewardship in the state. It had consistently paid its salaries since it assumed office in 2015, most of the time before the end of every month.
“We find this so-called promise to pay outstanding salary arrears made on behalf of the governor-elect not only misplaced but also misleading.
“It is also surprising coming from an in-coming administration widely known and regarded to be an offspring of the the present government of his excellency, arc Darius Ishaku.
“We think we needed to set the records straight, hence this rebuttal.”