By: Eunice Maina,
Political watchers on the Plateau have hailed Gov. Simon Bako Lalong for meeting the demands of the Joint Union of Plateau State Owned Tertiary Institutions (JUPTI), as the Union today called of its 7 weeks old strike.
Speaking to REALITY, through telephone interviews, most of the pundits, have described the action of the Governor as commendable and deserving of commendation by the citizens of the state. They reminded REALITY that, “This is one of the many qualities of the Governor, having a human face”.
You would also recall that, while addressing journalists today, at a Press Briefing in the conference hall of the Plateau State NUJ, Jos, the Chairman of JUPTI, Comrade Paul Dakogol, in his speech commended the Executive Governor for resolving the issues.
Dakogol said, “As we commend the Executive Governor for understanding with the Union in resolving some of the issue and in reciprocating the gesture, we have equally directed our members to resume work without further delay”.
You would also recall that the indefinite strike took effect on the 23rd April, 2019, with the Unions in the 7 Tertiary Institutions Owned by the Plateau State Government joining the strike. The Institutions involved in the strike include, Plateau State Polytechnic, College of Education Gindiri, CAST Kurgwi, College of Agriculture Garkawa, Colleges of Health Technology Pankshin and Zawan respectively.
According to Comrade Paul Dakogol, “The Government have been able to address some of the issues, during the strike and last week enter into agreement with the Union on those issues they could not handle immediately. The issues already addressed while on strike include, the payment of the ‘No Work NO Pay’, the unpaid check up dues and Cooperative deductions, gratuity remittance for the months of February and March, 2019 and staff recruitment which the process is on-going. Other issues addressed via agreement include Treasury Single Account (TSA) implementation, Capital funds releases, peculiar allowances, etc”.
He further stated that in the agreements reached on the 14th of June, 2019, “Government have approved the exemption of all the Tertiary Institutions from TSA, Capital Funding to be done in line with budgetary provision, Ministry of Finance to liaise with various institutions to design modalities for the release of withheld 25% of IGR following the implementation of TSA then. Also, Government to look into the payment of peculiar allowances to academic and non-academic staff upon the submission of financial implication as well as hasten the approval of memo on the payment of 24 months pension arrears now before the Governor”.
“Following these appreciable development in the negotiation, the Unions after thorough consultations with its members thereby direct the suspension of the 7 weeks strike with immediate effect on this of 17th June, 2019.”