The Taraba State chapter of the Senior Staff Association of Nigerian Universities (SSANU) has finally spoken about why the organization has decided to go on an indefinite strike.
In an interview in Jalingo, the state capital, the association’s state chairman, Linus William, said the strike was necessary because of the state’s leadership’s “ill attitudes” toward the association’s members.
The members, he claims, have expressed an interest in not suspending the strike pending the resolution of their demands, citing non-payment of promotion arrears and pensions among the numerous reasons the association unanimously agreed to make learning activities difficult for the institution.
The strike began just a few days after the National University Commission (NUC) ranked the university among the top twenty universities in the country. It has no doubt started to impact academic activities at the institution negatively.
William reported that he couldn’t understand why the state government continued to ignore the association’s demands while the demands of the teaching staff were met.
He urged well-intentioned citizens to pressure the state government to put the right peg in the right hole, claiming that no amount of threats, intimidation, or harassment would persuade them to call off the strike.