We won’t return to class, says Taraba varsity ASUU

The Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Taraba State University chapter, Dr Samuel Shiikaa, on Monday explained that lecturers in the university will not resume until pending issues with the state government are resolved.

In a circular to its members, the union, said the peculiar demands of ASUU in the state university were not met by the government.

The union also said the non-implementation of the MoU of February 2019 agreement which necessitated the nationwide strike was yet to be resolved.

The circular explained that the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement that has to do with the review of salaries and mainstreaming of Earned Academic Allowance for members were yet to be resolved, accusing the government of bringing IPPIS to delay the negotiation process.

“The concern of ASUU at the national level also has to do with revitalisation fund for public universities while the government was insisting on charging tuition fees for students.

“ASUU is equally worried over the underfunding of state universities and administration issues in them. For us in Taraba State University, our issues include non-implementation of the funding of TSU in line with Law Number 4 of 2008.

“Members are, therefore, informed that the total, comprehensive and indefinite strike embarked upon by the union is ongoing,” the circular partly read.

Recall that the state government had last week directed all tertiary institutions in the state to reopen after the relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown.

In a circular to its members, the union, said the peculiar demands of ASUU in the state university were not met by the government.

The union also said the non-implementation of the MoU of February 2019 agreement which necessitated the nationwide strike was yet to be resolved.

The circular explained that the renegotiation of the 2009 agreement that has to do with the review of salaries and mainstreaming of Earned Academic Allowance for members were yet to be resolved, accusing the government of bringing IPPIS to delay the negotiation process.

“The concern of ASUU at the national level also has to do with revitalisation fund for public universities while the government was insisting on charging tuition fees for students.

“ASUU is equally worried over the underfunding of state universities and administration issues in them. For us in Taraba State University, our issues include non-implementation of the funding of TSU in line with Law Number 4 of 2008.

“Members are, therefore, informed that the total, comprehensive and indefinite strike embarked upon by the union is ongoing,” the circular partly read.

Recall that the state government had last week directed all tertiary institutions in the state to reopen after the relaxation of the COVID-19 lockdown.

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