Taraba Varsity ASUU Protests Poor Welfare

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By; NICHOLAS DEKERA, Kaduna


 The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) on Wednesday, protested what they referred to as poor welfare.

The protesting ASUU members rose from their congress and  staged a peaceful protest round the university campus, demanding improved welfare.
Dr. Samuel Shiikaa, the chairman of the union, told journalists during the protest that members were tired of signing  memoranda of understanding with the state government which are never implemented.
“Since 2009, we have been signing memoranda of understanding with the state government, but the government will always not honour its own side.
“Our members are tired of the memos and want government to honour its agreement to pay pension and ensure timely promotion of its members. 
“We have submitted all the documents for the implementation of pension scheme for our members as agreed with government since last year and government has not done anything about it.
“Today, the N10 million that was promised to defray the accumulated Earned Academic Allowance(EAA) effective April 2021, has not been implemented as agreed.
“At the moment, payment of fractional salaries has become a regular occurrence in the university and there seems to be deliberate efforts to address it,” he said.
The ASUU members who came out of their congress protested round the campus carrying placards with inscriptions such as “No pension, no work”, “pay us our allowances,” “we don’t want any memo again” among others.
 Reports say that the union also observed  lecture-free day to press home their demand. 

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