By TERYIMA ANDREW-
The Joint Union of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI) has suspended it industrial action they commenced early this year.
It call on staff to resume work immediately “we have equally directed our members to resume work without further delay.”
Chairman of the union, Comrade Paul Dakogol, announced suspension of the strike during a press conference held at the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Plateau council on Monday.
He revealed that the Union met with government, and have agreed to settle outstanding monies been demanded by the union.
Comrade Dakogol however said should government fail to honor it recent agreements and pay outstanding funds owed members, it will reverse it suspension.
“We want to however emphasis here that the Union shall not accept non commitment from the ministry of finance in implementing the agreement as resolved and will not hesitate to take necessary action if the Union observed any action in violation to the terms of agreement most especially in the areas of funding.”
Part of the agreement government reached with the union include, “Government to look into the payment of peculiar allowances to to academic and nonacademic staff upon the submission of financial implication as well as hasten the approval of memo on the payment of 24 months pension arrears now before the governor.” Com Dakogol explained
According to (JUPTI) the Union embarked on the strike to demand on what it call illegal deduction of 25 percent student tuition without due considering fixed charges on overhead of the tertiary institutions.
Another reason for the strike was unremitted cooperative deduction and gratuity of members of the union.
“The deductible monies of our members by the government through it e-payment platforms due to our multipurpose cooperative and it gratuity accounts were withheld without justifiable reasons.
The union leader said government had such-change state owned tertiary institutions of revenue generation through TSA policy, but the issue was resolved.
“In the agreement, government have approved the exemption of all the tertiary institutions form TSA, capital funding to be done in line with budgetary provision, ministry of finance to liaise with various institutions to design modalities for the release of withheld 25 percent of IGR following the implementation of TSA then.”
The industrial action affected seven Plateau state owned tertiary institutions; this include, polytechnic, College of education Gindiri, CAST Kurgwi, College of Agriculture Garkawa, College of Health Technology Pankshin and College of Health Technology Zawan.
Students of Plateau state Polytechnic had barely completed registration for a fresh academic session when the suspended strike began.