VC, parents appeal to TASU lecturers to return to classroom


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.

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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.

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