Written by Godfrey AKON

Plateau: Varsity lecturers down tools over poor infrastructure

Lecturers of Plateau State University, PLASU, have commenced an indefinite strike to protest insecurity, and poor infrastructure in the school campus.

The lecturers under the aegis of the academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, PLASU chapter, said the action was also to demand for payment of arrears of earned allowances owed its members.

ASUU Chairman in PLASU, Dr Pamson Bentse, told the News Agency of Nigeria in Jos, that the decision to proceed on strike was reached after it's congress meeting, held on Monday at the University's main campus, in Bokkos.

Bentse said the action of the union bordered on poor infrastructural development in the University, adding that 90 per cent of the ongoing structures in the school were constructed by the Tertiary Education Trust Fund, TETFund.

According to him, other reasons behind the strike include insecurity of students, arrears of earned allowance for members, explaining that the union had been pressing for these demands for the past three years, but nothing had been done to address them, hence the justification for the industrial action.

"This afternoon, after our congress meeting, we have declared a total, comprehensive and indefinite strike. Inadequate capital projects in the University is one of the major reasons behind this strike. 90 per cent of the structures you see in the institution were constructed by TETFUND.

"There is also the issue of over eight season's arrears of earned academic allowance for our members amounting to over N215 million. The university is being underfunded by the state government; the 90 million it gets every month is grossly inadequate," he said.

 

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