Nasarawa: Tertiary institutions declare indefinite strike

Nasarawa State-owned tertiary institutions on Friday declared an indefinite industrial action in a bid to get improved welfare among other demands.

Some of the institutions involved in the action are College of Education, Akwanga; College of Agriculture, Lafia; and the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia.

 The workers cited refusal by the state government to address their welfare as part of reasons why they were embarking on strike indefinitely.

The workers, under the aegis of the Joint Union of Tertiary Institutions, in a statement in Lafia, the capital, said they had exhausted avenues geared towards resolving the dispute amicably and were left with no alternative but to go on strike.

According to the Chairman of JUNSTI in Nasarawa, Ariks Samuel-Bashayi, the workers had resolved to shut the institutions at a meeting held on Wednesday.

He said, “Arising from the meeting of the Joint Union of Nasarawa State Tertiary Institutions held at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia on February 14, 2018, we decry the failure of government to urgently address the pending issues tabled before it despite several communications to it.

“All members are therefore directed to observe the strike from Friday, February 16, 2018 till further notice.”

But Commissioner for Education in the state, Mr. Ahmed Tijani, in a meeting with concerned lecturers of Nasarawa State Polytechnic, threatened to deal with any union of the three tertiary institutions sabotaging government’s efforts in raising the standard of education in the state.

He said, “Declare indefinite strike and forfeit your salaries.”

In his reaction, the leader of the concerned lecturers, Mr. Yahaya Muhammed, said they were not part of the planned strike and that they were ready to work with any rector employed by the state government.