NGSG owned tertiary institutions embark on warning strike

Niger State Government owned tertiary institutions with the exception of Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University (IBBU), Lapai, have embarked on a three days warning strike over the non response to their demands by the state government.
 
The strike action which commenced yesterday, Wednesday, July 12, 2017 followed the expiration of the 21 days ultimatum given to the state government by state tertiary institutions.
 
Speaking to Newsline on the issue, the secretary of Colleges of Education Academic Staff Union (COEASU), College of Education, Minna chapter, Comrade Mohammed Mallam Isgogo said the struggle began seven years ago.
He disclosed that the struggle revolves around better welfare package and working environment, adding that the last administration in the state paid 20 percent of the Consolidated Polytechnics and Colleges Academic Staff Salary Structure (CONPOCASS) and 15 percent of the Consolidated Tertiary Institutions Salary Structure (CONTISS), out of the 53 percent agreed with the state government.
 
Comrade Isgogo said since 2014, no further action has been taken by the state government to address the issues presented to it by the state owned tertiary institutions, and that when this administration came on board they gave it two years to settled down before reminding it about the agreement.
 
He revealed that series of letters had been forwarded to the state government reminding it about the issue but nothing was done by about it, adding that the state government had also kept deaf ears to the 21 days ultimatum given to it by the state owned tertiary institutions in the state.
 
“We have written series of letters to the state government reminding them of the agreement but nothing was done. This led to the 21 days ultimatum given sometime last month which expired at 12:00am of yesterday,” he explained.
Comrade Isgogo added that the state government was not ready to make any commitment regarding their request and as such decided to embark on the three day warning strike, adding that if the state government refused to do anything about their request at the end of the warning strike, they will go back to the drawing board to decide the next line of action.
 
Some of the request aside the issue of non completion of the remaining 38 percent of CONPOCASS and CONTISS were the issue of infrastructural decay in campuses, non implementation of promotions, non gazetting of the 65 years retirement age of academic staff of tertiary institutions, employment of new staff into areas of deficit in the institutions, as well as the issue of the controversial 7.5 pension scheme.

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