Lecturers under the auspices of the Joint Union of Tertiary Institutions (JUTI), Nasarawa State Chapter, on Friday, embarked on an indefinite strike after the state government failed to meet their demands on welfare issues.
The industrial action was announced in a statement issued by its Chairman, Mr Samuel Bashayi, in Lafia, the state capital.
Bashayi, who doubles as the Chairman of the College of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), Akwanga Chapter, said the institutions involved in the strike are: College of Education Akwanga (COEA), College of Agriculture Lafia and Nasarawa State Polytechnic, Lafia.
PM News quoted him as saying that the the decision to embark on the strike was taken at the union’s state executive council meeting held at the state polytechnic, Lafia on Thursday.
“The strike followed the insensitivity of the state government to the plights of the affected institutions.
“The government has also failed to actively address the issues raised in the agreement reached between the union and the government,“ he said.
Bashayi added that in spite of repeated notices served on the government nothing was done to address our demands, hence the need to deploy the only option left to the union.
He said that the strike was aimed at pressing home the union`s demands on the issues of workers promotion, annual increment, arrears, among other.
“We will go ahead with the strike since the government had refused to implement all outstanding promotions of workers in spite of the ultimatum.
“The union had given the state government enough time to put everything in proper perspective, but yet the government is playing politics with the issue,” he said.
He directed all workers to remain at home from Friday to await positive response from the state government.