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Taraba varsity students join NASU to protest poor welfare

The students have had no water and electricity since the non-academic staff union embarked on the strike.

• October 27, 2021
Taraba State University VC, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe
Taraba State University VC, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe

Students of Taraba State University, Jalingo, joined the Non-Academic Staff Union of Nigerian Universities (NASU) and Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) chapters in the institution on Wednesday to protest poor welfare.

While speaking to journalists in Jalingo, the chairman of the Joint Action Committee of the unions, Livinus Naiman, lamented what he termed the “insensitivity of the school’s management” to the strike and vowed to resist any form of intimidation.

He said the students joined in the protest because there was no water and electricity since the non-academic staff union embarked on the strike, with no intervention from anyone.

The two unions had embarked on an indefinite strike three weeks ago over allegations of poor welfare.

The allegations against the management ranged from selective payment of promotion arrears from 2016 to 2020, selective payment of earned allowances from 2008 to 2014 and removal of allowances of non-teaching staff.

Others are the continuous shortfall in salaries and non-implementation of pensions, from the inception of the university to date.

“I received a text message from the finance department of the school this morning notifying me that the school management has approved a total amount of N22 million to be paid to us on October 31.

“It is a union matter and Congress has unanimously agreed that the school management must fulfil all the promises first before the ongoing strike will be called off.

“Since we embarked on strike, nobody cared to call us to hear our grievances. Instead of paying us what rightly belongs to us, the powers that be devised other means of intimidating our members.

“They said they will invoke the illegal policy of ‘no work no pay’ but we are determined to go on,” Mr Naiman said.

When contacted, the spokesperson of the university, Sanusi Sa’ad, declined comments on the issues raised by the two unions. 

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