Bauchi tertiary institutions gives 2 weeks ultimatum to embark on strike
By Ahmed Ahmed
The Bauchi state tertiary institutions under the umbrella of Joint Action Committee (JAC) have given Bauchi Government two weeks’ ultimatum to embark on strike if their demands were not looked into.
Dr Abdulkadir Mohammed, JAC Chairman in the state stated this at a press briefing on Wednesday in Bauchi.
He noted that all avenues to settle our grievances with the state government persistent over the years
“It is on record we had a series of correspondents, informal contacts, meetings, press conferences, ultimatum and to some extent a strike.
“Unfortunately none of these measures addressed even one out of the several issues at stake,” he said.
He said the action was to press home their demands including payment of outstanding salary arrears to its members.
He said the committee also rejected enrollment of its members into the proposed Contributory Pension Scheme, and the deductions for the Health Insurance Contributory Scheme.
The tertiary institutions called for immediate payment of outstanding salaries, resumption of promotion implementation and annual increment.
“We also call for implementing the consequential adjustments which do not finalize with organized labor.
“We are also calling on the state government and the general public to understand that our concern is to have our problem solved and we are tired of rhetorics that do not hold water,” he said.
The Chairman also called well-meaning individuals within and outside the state to prevail on the state government to look into their demands with a view to avert breakdown of industrial Harmony in the tertiary institutions in the state.
Our correspondent reports that the institutions are Abubakar Tatari Ali Polytechnic (ATAP); Aminu Saleh College of Education (ASCOE), College for Legal and Islamic Studies (CLIS), College of Agriculture, Bauchi and the College of Education, Kangere.