Three tertiary institutions in Nasarawa State have been grounded following a warning strike embarked upon by their workers.
Workers at the Nasarawa State Polytechnic (NASPOLY), and College of Agriculture (COA) both in Lafia, as well as College of Education (COE), Akwanga, have been pressing for the payment of 18-month outstanding arrears from CONPOCASS and CONTEDISS, two Federal Government approved salary structures.
The workers, under a union called Joint Union of Tertiary Institutions (JUTI), embarked on strike on Friday. It was gathered that by Friday afternoon, all the three schools had been vacated as students took advantage of the seven-day warning strike to travel.
A statement on the wall leading to the entrance of the polytechnic, which was signed by Umar Ibrahim Bako and Danlami Rabiu Yaro, chairman and secretary respectively, said upon expiration of the warning strike, the union will embark on an indefinite industrial action if the government fails to meet their demands.
But a Special Adviser to Governor Al-Makura, Silas Agara, told Daily Trust on phone yesterday that the state’s Commissioner for Education, Comrade Hussein Abubakar has met with the aggrieved workers twice since the strike commenced.
“The good thing is that the government of the day has a listening ear. So, I can bet you that it is not going to be a problem. The governor has workers’ welfare in mind, and will do his best to resolve the problem,” he said.
The Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Hamza Elayo also told Daily Trust that the deputy governor, Dameshi Barau Luka and the Head of Service, Dr. Amos Akawe have severally met with the striking workers. He said they are currently presenting government’s position to the union.