Members of the Plateau State University Chapter of the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) have resumed an indefinite strike due to the State government’s failure to fulfill the terms of the agreement signed with the Union in 2022.
In a statement released on Thursday and endorsed by Dr. Hassan Zitta and Comrade Deme Bitrus, the Chairman and Secretary respectively, the Association declared that the strike is complete, all-encompassing, and without a predetermined endpoint.
The statement explained, “Based on the findings of the National Executive Council visitation team, it was confirmed that the State government has not adhered to the terms of the second agreement signed with the Union in 2022. The ASUU National President has granted the Branch permission to recommence its previously suspended strike.
At the Congress meeting held by the branch on Thursday, November 9, 2023, it was unanimously decided to embark on a total, comprehensive, and indefinite strike until all the unresolved issues are addressed. These issues include insufficient capital projects by the State government, the need for additional hostel accommodation, the completion and asphalting of the road network on campus, and the provision of staff quarters.
“Furthermore, the issues encompass the completion of perimeter fencing for the University, the establishment of a functional training policy with a budgetary allocation for scholars’ training by the Visitor, the provision of a functional Police outpost in the University’s host community, the deployment of the services of 15 armed Civil Defence Corps on campus, and the settlement of outstanding Earned Academic Allowances and other matters impacting productivity in the University.”