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Plateau govt, ASUU to meet on Monday over lingering strike

The Plateau State government and members of the Academic Staff Union of Universities, Plateau State University chapter, will on Monday meet on how to resolve the lingering strike in the state owned Institution which has entered three weeks.

It was further gathered that members of ASUU in the University met on Sunday to harmonise their position preparatory for Monday’s meeting with the government team led by the State Head of Service, Sunday Hyat.

It would be recalled that while declaring the latest strike by the state University which began on December 20,2021, the Institution’s chapter of ASUU had accused the state government of refusing to implement an agreement which it entered with the Union on March 2, 2021.

ASUU said that apart from failing
to address security concerns by deploying the services of armed Civil Defence Corps in the University, Plateau government had also failed to locate a functional police outpost in the university host community as well as its inability to settle the national minimum wage arrears within the first quarter of 2021.

It further alleged that the government had failed to immediately release of N70 million as part payment of the first tranche of earned academic allowance arrears.

ASUU said as at the time of its congress last year in December, the second tranche of N72 million in October, 2021, has been long overdue.

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It also accused the government of failure to complete the payment of mainstreamed earned academic allowances for the 2019/2020, among others.

The Plateau State Head of Service, Sunday Hyat, who is leading the government negotiation team for the planned meeting on Monday, when contacted, was not available for comment on the matter but an official of ASUU in the state owned University confirmed the scheduled meeting to The PUNCH in Jos on Sunday

According to the ASUU official, the ongoing strike action by members of the Union would have been avoided if government was committed to the terms contained in their previous negotiations.

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