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ASUU Plateau State Chapter Commences Indefinite strike

Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Plateau State University has begun an indefinite strike action.

Chairman of the union, Dr. Pamson Bentse, on Friday, January 15, disclosed to the Nigerian News Agency that the decision was taken after the union had its congress meeting on Monday at the University’s main campus, Bokkos.

Some of the reasons Bentse gave for the strike action are that:

No attention is paid to infrastructure, as the ongoing projects in the school are only sponsored by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund (TETFUND).

The arrears of allowances for its members have not being paid, despite the pressure by the union for this course. The University is highly underfunded by the government and the 90 million naira it gets every month is insufficient.

There is a low level of security for students in the school considering the influx of Herdsmen and their grazing cattle, and also hoodlums who come to rape female students.

There is a need for a University Governing council as its absence is not healthy for the University’s growth. The tenure of the last Governing council expired since October 2019.

He further stressed that they have made several complaints all to no avail.

“We have pushed for these demands for the last three year, but it fell on deaf ears, and this afternoon, with the approval of our National Executive Council (NEC), we declared an indefinite strike,” he said.

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