Activities at Taraba State University (TSU) were temporarily halted on Tuesday as the university chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) launched a peaceful protest.
The protest, as the Daily Post noted, paralyzed academic activities on campus.
Speaking, President of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Dr. Samuel Chekka said that the way and manner in which staff are being victimized by the state government and school authorities has become intolerable.
He said that the decision to organize the protest came after a decision taken during a meeting of the Syndicate Council, which was held at the university’s headquarters.
The staff, who our reporter also noted were pressing for their allowances, lamented the unfortunate victimization alleged by the Taraba State Government for their participation in the just concluded strike at Taraba State University.
They threatened to start another indefinite strike if the state government’s plan to deprive employees of their salaries to join the ASU strike was not reversed.
He said, “We would like to draw the public’s attention to the unfortunate victimization of our members by the Taraba State Government for their participation in the just concluded strike at Taraba State University.”
Gov. Darius Ishako emphatically asserted, “No Work, No Pay represents a punitive measure against the union for its participation in the nationwide strike.”
Stressing that “the union wishes to make two things very clear about this misunderstanding of the issues,” Dr Cheka said: “Our participation in the national strike was not based on sympathy. The issues that necessitated the strike such as the renegotiation of the 2009 ASUU-FGN agreement related to the salary structure The well-being of our members, the revitalization of funds for all public universities, the publication of UTAS against the abhorrent IPPIS to ensure university autonomy among other issues are also affected and, therefore, there is a need for us to join the struggle.”
On the governor’s claim that all local issues in the university have been resolved, the union leadership said, “This is not true.”
“We would like to announce to the public notice that none of the issues affecting the branch have been addressed,” said Dr. Chekka.
The federation has urged important stakeholders and other people of goodwill in Taraba to urgently step into the confrontation by urging the governor to do what is required before they decide to throw away their tools again.
Once again, Taraba University staff staged a peaceful protest against unpaid bonuses