As their strike enters its sixth month, members of the Plateau State University (PLASU) branch of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU), have advised Gov. Simon Lalong against allowing the University to perish under his watch.
Mr Timnan Rimdap, the branch Chairman, and Fom Dakwak, the branch Secretary, in a statement on Sunday in Jos, recalled that the strike began on December 21, 2021 following the refusal to pay arrears of Earned Allowances and salaries owed its members.
Other reasons for the strike included the discriminatory payment of allowances to SSANU members, failure to constitute the Staff Gratuity Management Board and refusal to allow senior staff of the University attains the peak of their careers.
The union also accused the University management of refusing to sign an agreement it reached with it on various issues.
It also accused the University’s management of failure to pay hazard allowance at N30,000 even after receiving cash backing from government.
The statement urged the governor to meet the demands of the workers so that they would end the industrial action in the interest of the students.
It called on Lalong to release the N323 million arrears of Earned Allowances owed SSANU members, while payment of salaries and other allowances should be regular.
It also called on the institution’s management to sign the agreement reached with SSANU in February 2022, and to particularly stop truncating members’ professional growth on CONTISS 14.
It called for a quick constitution of the Gratuity Management Board and also urged the institution’s Governing Council to address the discriminatory payment of allowances to SSANU members.