June 17, 2024

The Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU) of the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa University, Bauchi, has joined the nationwide protest to demand the government’s attention to their long-standing demands some of which have been unresolved for the past 15 years.

The protest, which started from the union’s secretariat, saw the Vice Chairman of the branch, Dr Muhammad Inti, leading other placards-carrying union members, matching through the school’s premises while stating their demands.

According to the union, the protest is an attempt to avert another strike, adding that they wanted the government to meet their renegotiated demands.

They listed the demands to include the conclusion of the 2009 renegotiation agreement that has been delayed for 15 years, payment of the earned academic allowances, releasing the withheld salaries, and payment of the promotion arrears.

The union also rejected the Integrated Payroll and Personnel Information System (IPPIS).

While speaking during the protest, Inti also urged the Federal Government not to provide adequate funding for public universities, and to revert the illegal dissolution of public universities governing councils.

He added that the union was hopeful that the protest would compel the government to address their concerns and prevent another round of strikes.

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