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The Academic Staff Union of Universities, ASUU, have again embarked on an indefinite strike over demand of Earned Academic Allowances, which it alleges government owes its members.

The strike which was embarked on Tuesday, ASUU said, was to register its displeasure with the government of Taraba State and the management of Taraba State University for not honoring agreement it reached with the union.

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The Taraba State University Chairman, Academic Staff Union of Universities, Dr Samuel Shikaa, who spoke to newsmen after their meeting said, the resolve of the union to embark on indefinite strike, was as agreed by members of ASUU Taraba State University chapter, after other avenues were not proving effective, in getting government and the management of the university to honour its agreement.

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Dr Samuel Shikaa also stated, that the state government and the university management, have also failed to provide pension for the workers, stating that workers are left to suffer at their retirement.

Dr. Samuel said: ” “Taraba State University has no pension arrangement and you can quote me anywhere.

“Families of some of our colleagues that have died only received paltry sums for burial rites which to us are not terminal benefits, to some others who left this institution to other universities, they have nothing to benefit.

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“Our members are ready to commence deduction from their take home for the contributory pension scheme but we also want government’s commitment that their percentage of the contribution will be honoured.

“The EAA allowance for excess workload since 2013 has accumulated and has not been paid”.

Responding to ASUU allegation, Taraba State University Vice Chancellor, Prof. Vincent Tenebe, said the allegation from ASUU as it concerns pension, was not true, stating that the governing council had approved pension for workers of the university.

Prof. Vincent Tenebe, who said that 75% of ASUU demand had been met and there was no reason for the strike, stated that the University since 2018, provided a pension administrators, but lamented that ASUU members failed to provide their pension administrator nor enroll for the pension plan.

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“Since 2018, they have failed to produce their pension administrators and their account numbers for management to utilize and in fact, this university wanted to be used as a role model for other institutions in this state”. Prof. Vincent Tenebe said.

He called on the Academic Staff Union to return back to the negotiation table for the sake of the students.

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