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Nasarawa unions demand resignation of institution key leaders

The eight weeks old strike embarked upon by the Joint Union of Nasarawa state Tertiary Institutions has taken another dimension with a call by members of the union for immediate resignation of heads of the three institutions.

Briefing newsmen at the end of an emergency meeting in Lafia, Chairman, Joint Union of Nasarawa state Tertiary Institutions Comrade Useni Paul alleged that the heads of the three tertiary institutions have not done enough to provide the state government with adequate information to address their demands

Since February twelve this year, academic activities have been paralyzed at Nasarawa state Polytechnic, Lafia, College of Agriculture Lafia and College of Education Akwanga following an indefinite strike embarked upon by the Joint Union of Nasarawa state Tertiary Institutions.

Some of the demands of the union include non implementation of promotion and annual increments since twenty fourteen, payment of gratuity and pensions arrears to retirees, implementation of sixty five years retirement age for non teaching staff and adequate funding for the three institutions to address infrastructural decay among others.

Chairman of the union Comrade Useni Paul decried negative attitude of managements of the three tertiary institutions towards addressing their demands.

Comrade Useni Paul who also expressed disappointment with attitude of the commissioner for Higher Education insisted that the strike would continue until the state government addresses their demands.

In a telephone interview, the Commissioner for Higher Education Nasarawa state Mr Clement Uhembe declined to comment on the matter.

Last week, the state Deputy Governor Silas Agara described the Joint Union of Nasarawa state Tertiary Institutions as illegal.

Chris Nyamtu

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