The strike action embarked upon by the Academic Staff of the Taraba State University has been described as baseless and uncalled for by the Vice-Chancellor of the institution, Professor Vincent Ado Tenebe.
The Vice-Chancellor, who condemned the action in an exclusive interview with Daily Independent in Jalingo, expressed dismay, saying that he was disappointed by their action having received backlogs of salary arrears last week and the varsity meeting 75% of their demands.
He said the lecturers raised eyebrows over the issue of perimeter fencing of the institution for security and safety of staff living in the quarters, “which we have gone far with the fence; go and see for yourself, the university management in conjunction with Police Wives Association (POWA) has established a police station on the campus. They also clamoured for a pension scheme as retirement benefits, Earned Academic Allowance among others.
“Let me say without mincing word that the management has already begun the process of the scheme since 2018 but it is being delayed by the failure of the same ASUU members to provide or choose their pension administrators,” the VC said.
When contacted, the University ASUU Chairman, Samuel Shikaa, who disagreed with the Vice-Chancellor said the union’s action was right and meant to press home their demands.
He accused the management of setting the union against the public, saying the union had not committed an offence by demanding their rights.For information on Press Releases, Photos, Promotional Events and Adverts, Please Call or Send a Text to 09052129258, 08124662170 or send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org