From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK) branch has appealed to Governor Abdullahi Sule to fulfil his recent promises to the union to pave way for industrial harmony.
The Voice recalls that the state government recently agreed to take over payment of salaries of staff of NSUK, beginning from August, 2022.
The Chairman of the union, Dr Samuel Alu, made the appeal at a press briefing held on Tuesday NSUK, Keffi Local Government Area of the state.
According to him, the union had on July 25, 2022 held a press conference and presented to the public the state of affairs of the university which prompted the state governor to make certain public commitments that were conveyed to the union in writing.
Alu explained that Sule had promised that the state government would take over full payment of salaries of the university staff beginning from August, 2022.
He further explained that the governor also promised the immediate release of N200 million out of the N1 billion owed the lecturers to pay part of outstanding Earned Academic Allowances arrears (EAA).
The ASUU chairman also said the governor pronounced the monthly payment of N20 million for mainstreaming of EAA.
“We, however, state categorically for the benefit of the public that till date, His Excellency has not fulfilled the commitments he made to us, of his own freewill verbally and in writing. Our members have not received any payments with respect to EAA arrears, as well as mainstreaming of same,” he said.
Alu said that the branch also held a congress meeting on November 10, 2022 where general challenges bedeviling the university were deliberated extensively, with the matter of welfare of members of the union also deliberated on.
“Some of the issues have lingered for more than 10 years and are still begging for resolution. These issues include the proper funding of the university, payment of arrears of EAA, mainstreaming of EAA into salaries of our members, excessive tax regime among others.
“The persistent failure to address these issues, as it were, generated agitation for embarking on local industrial action by the branch. The planned local action was overridden by the national strike of the union that commenced on February 14, 2022,” he said.
He, called on well meaning Nigerians within and outside the state to prevail on the governor to fulfil his promises to the university and ASUU by effecting the pronounced payments as doing so will guarantee continuing industrial harmony in the university.